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“Place to stroll and relax with fun artworks to look at” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Pier-2 Art Centre

The Pier-2 Art Centre
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Kaohsiung City Day Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: At Pier-2, Collision is a Driving Force It was once an abandoned and forgotten warehouse buried in history due to the move from an industrial based segment to the service sector. However, with a group of persistent artist who injected waves of creativity and inspiration into the area, the Pier-2 area was released and re-born making the region a place where tourist and locals can come together to enjoy fine art. With the collision of an old area and new fine art, Pier-2 becomes an area of new vitality and liveliness. Located at the sides of the pier are the artistic warehouse clusters. Not only are there unlimited flows of cars, boats, sea breeze and people coming and going every day but also when looking at the vast ocean and sky, one is relaxed, stress-free with limitless thoughts. The encounter of the land and the ocean is so vast at Pier-2, it seems to symbolised the bright future ahead. The Operation Centre and the artists who have come to showcase their significant artworks both have their own dreams and visions for Pier-2. However both are willing to put down their differences to support one another and work towards a common goal which is the success of Pier-2. Despite the administrative and artistic conflict, both parties come together to become intimate partners, building an memorable and lasting image in the hearts of the people. Great cooperation needs time and hardship to accumulate. On Taiwan's Independence Day, October 10th, 2000, celebration fireworks were not only launched in Taipei. For the first time the government also decided to release fireworks in southern Taiwan, and Kaohsiung became the selected location. In order to find a suitable location to present fireworks, the organisers re-discovered the Pier-2 Warehouses just beside the harbour. Later in 2001, a group of passionate Taiwanese artists established the Pier-2 Artistic Development Association. Pier-2 has become the headquarters for artistic development in southern Taiwan. The Kaohsiung City Bureau of Cultural Affairs took over the Pier-2 Art Centre in 2006, starting a series of exhibitions and festivals such as the Kaohsiung Design Festival, the Chinese Character Exhibition, Kaohsiung International Steel & Iron Sculpture Festival, Kaohsiung International Container Art Festival, "Here comes the Kaohsiungers", Mega Port Festival, The Wall Moon Theatre, Kaohsiung Youth Innovative Design Exhibition, Intertidal Region, Point & Wavy Ribbon Formation Performance Season etc. Every performance and exhibition filled the city with creative vibes injecting new life to the Pier-2 Art Centre. In doing so, the centre has continuously been presenting avant-garde perceptions and appearances, while building this port city into an attractive cultural and living hub. TWR Entertainment, Inc. has found their home in Warehouse Number 9.TWR Entertainment, Inc. is a globally-focused, Asia-based media organisation that successfully blends world class creativity and groundbreaking technology innovation. Pier-2 has now become on par with the rest of the artistic world where imagination, creativity, and animation has become solid building blocks for the future. Kaohsiung's light rail system will be fully operational and linked to both the Red and Orange lines of the Kaohsiung MRT. The new system will significantly enhance the city's mass-transit system and create a more complete urban transportation network. With 35 stations and six transfer stations, the light rail system's two lines (Ring Line and Waterfront Line) will total 22.1km in length. Construction work is to start in October 2012, with the Waterfront Line scheduled to start running in December 2014. The light rail system will improve the quality of transportation in Kaohsiung, create a barrier-free environment, and hopefully encourage the city's 2.2 million motorcyclists to embrace a low-carbon form of transportation. Port of Kaohisung is the 12th busiest container port in the world. Consequently, Kaohsiung City Government has been actively shaping the port zone to become Asia's New Bay Area. Starting in 2013, the government will initiate a series of building projects in the port area, along piers 15 to 21 and nearby. Projects include the Kaohsiung Exhibition and Convention Centre, which will host major international exhibitions, the Port and Cruise Service Centre, which will serve travellers, the Kaohsiung Maritime Culture and Popular Music Centre, where musical and cultural performances will be held, and Kaohsiung Main Public Library, a superb example of eco-friendly architecture.
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“Place to stroll and relax with fun artworks to look at”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

Walking from Love River to the Gushan Ferry this is a nice part of the walk - lots of different artworks all set out in well maintained grounds / spaces and lots of people enjoying wandering around the exhibits and installations. I spent a nice couple of hours just mooching around and thoroughly enjoyed the place. Railway museum is also worth a look. If you have an hour or two to spare this is a good way to spend the time.

Visited March 2013
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“Some outdoor sculptures”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

A good place to rest and watch outdoor sculptures after a visit to the Love River. There are many booths selling food outside the restored warehouses for the exhibits. Next to this place is the Railway Museum which is worthy of visiting. Some people are flying kites in the park nearby.

Visited February 2013
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“Popular cluster of museums and outdoor art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Take a walk or bike through this area of warehouses that have been converted into museums surrounded by outdoor art. Modern statues are fun photo-opportunities. I enjoyed interesting museums of calligraphy and labor. You can spend several hours or more enjoying all the exhibits and performances.

Visited February 2013
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“Great place to bike to”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

We had a great day biking from town along the Love River to here, enjoying the art, the trains, the open space. We continued on to the ferry to the island and back. It is all flat and mostly along bicycle tracks so it made for a fun day, especially with young kids. (There was a huge Transformer sculpture and giant Chiapets!). Highly recommend as a day out.

Visited January 2013
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“Love love love!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

I love this place!!!!

Near the pier, hence it's name, this place is basically an exhibition arena for designers and artists to showcase their works. There are many warehouses which houses different exhibitions, some free while others require an entrance fee. The pavement which connects the warehouses is both a bicycle track and a pedestrian walkway and it used to be a railway track. Along this pavement, you see pairs and pairs of artsy statues which are camera friendly. On top of them, we spotted Mayday mannequins, a huge Transformers Bumblebee, 3D effect subway station among others. How cool is that???!?!

On the Sunday which we were there, there was a cocktail competition going on. In the central area, there's this nice wooden tunnel with a flea market in it. I'm a sucker for flea markets, especially when the products sold are mostly designers/artists works. Visit any warehouse and they are all different. Some consists of shops great for souvenir shopping, others great for camera-snapping, and of course mostly an injection of knowledge.

Continue walking towards the open field next to the last warehouses and this open area is great for picnics and kite flying. There's also an old train carriage parked on it, to complete the whole artsy fartsy feel.

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