Blueprint Culture & Creative Park, South District, Tainan City
Blueprint Culture & Creative Park may have been inspired by something as common as wall graffiti, but has now become one of the must-visit places for photography in Tainan. The story of this place is fascinating. After the graffiti on Haian Road was reported, much of it was removed, disappointing many who had appreciated its beauty. To allow visitors to once again enjoy Blueprint, Tainan City Government in collaboration with artists, has changed old Japanese government dormitories into a cultural park, with the hope of reproducing the original “beautiful accident.” Following its opening in December 2015, Blueprint Culture & Creative Park already has a strong brand and business presence, allowing visitors to see many wooden artworks, postcards depicting Taiwan’s various streets and temples, and those that feature recorded sound, as well as cell phone cases and handbags printed with Tainan historic landmarks and tile designs. There is even a theater company in charge of organizing a talk show here!
The most eye-catching of all though is Blueprint , located opposite Shin Kong Mitsukoshi’s Ximen store. Using tricks in perspective and blue and white patterned lines, the original piece painted flat against the architecture is made to become a three-dimensional work of art. Even though it has been reproduced in a different location from its original, the Blueprint still remains the best place for taking selfies. Although the park is small in size, every corner and every shopfront has its own characteristics that make it full of surprises, and the massive graffiti wall and diverse buildings somehow succeed at giving this park a celebratory atmosphere. Even if you do not buy things while you are here, but prefer to simply admire the ingenuity of the designers present, it still makes for an interesting afternoon. If you have been to Taipei’s Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taichung’s Zhongxing First Lane and Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Art Center, you might enjoy comparing Tainan’s very own creative offering!
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