The Fish Trap House, designed by Taiwanese artist Cheng-Tsung Feng, is a bamboo installation located on Sun Moon Lake in Nantou, Taiwan. The visual artist transforms a common utility object, the fish trap, into an aesthetic and light realization highlighting ancestral techniques.

The Fish Trap House - literally "fish trap" - finds its home on a lake in the heart of Taiwan's central mountain ranges in the Nantou region. An all but innocent location since it is home to the Thao, an indigenous Taiwanese population known for its ancient fishing methods, celebrated here by the contemporary artist Cheng-Tsung Feng.

Used in the manufacture of many Asian utility objects for its flexibility and versatility, bamboo is the source of Feng's work that manipulates it in a secular way to put it at the service of contemporary creation. By taking the figure of the fish trap, a humble and popular instrument, the artist imagines an ethereal structure where tranquility and light are kings. Equipped with a seat in its center and suspended lamps, the structure reveals through its nets the scenic beauty of the landscape, and offers the community a place of contemplation that celebrates and immortalizes the work of artisans.

For the development of this work culminating at 3 meters high, the artist mobilizes about twenty people from the Thai community around a workshop accompanying the natives in the assembly of small bamboo cages, the creator reproduced by the sequel to a larger scale on a platform of Sun Moon Lake, thus immersing curious tourists in the traditional local culture.

Cheng-Tsung Feng participates in the survival of these ancient creative techniques through their sharing and sharing. It reveals a realization that demonstrates the potential of design as a universal language, which invites respect for tradition.

To learn more, visit the site of Cheng-Tsung Feng

Photographs: Chong Sheng Hsu

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