Art Walk: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Discover how Kaohsiung has become a cultural hub by embracing street art, sanctioning graffiti areas and bringing artists into the urban planning process.

By José Enrique Montes Hernandez, founder of  Arcade Art Gallery

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Kaohsiung has embraced street art, sanctioning graffiti areas and bringing artists into the urban planning process. The first steps towards the city’s support of local art was the establishment in 2012 of a dedicated Street Art Factory in an abandoned train station on Jiuru Street — where graffiti could legally flourish. Since then, the Bureau of Cultural Affairs’ policy is to “promote public art and to promote art for the public.” Our city guide, José Enrique Montes Hernandez started Arcade Art Gallery in 2016 and has worked to commission large scale murals and other artworks. In this video, he walks us through some of the pieces that have helped the city develop into a cultural hub.

Take your own tour through the city using the attached map, which shows the locations of pieces featured in the video. 

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