Echoing regional characteristics and creating a work of art appreciative of the area’s rich resources, Po-Chun Liu again recreates a Shangri-La that combines nature and humanities into a piece that is based upon Chiayi’s most representative landmark: the Alishan Divine Tree. This work was created by replicating and compressing the image of the main trunk of the Divine Tree and arranging these pieces in three concentric circles. The three circular walkways formed between these green rings invite visitors to wander within the artwork, achieving a level of audience interaction.
In particular, the varying dimensions of the tree shapes force viewers to have to bend their bodies or extend their arms when passing through the art piece, heightening their awareness of the relationship between their own bodies and the work itself, or, on a higher level, the interaction between humankind and nature. The arrangement of the differently shaped trees also gives the impression of a blooming flower when viewed from above. A small mountain cast from stainless steel rests at the heart of this installation, which strengthens the link between the artwork and nature by recreating a “second nature” through art. Additionally, there are 18 seed-shaped LED projection lights spread evenly throughout the site which represent each of Chiayi’s 18 townships. The lights shine upon the dense, overlapping components of the Divine Tree trunk at various angles, imbuing the artwork with a colorful tone at nighttime.