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The art of paper from Taiwan

06-08-2010 08:48 BJT

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On the island of Taiwan, there's a paper theme park doesn't shy away from maximizing its assets. It offers customers everything from the leaning tower of Pisa, to a restaurant that uses paper tables, chairs, and paper crockery. But perhaps the most interesting aspect, is how the park itself is also recycled.

The paper theme park boasts many of the world's famous landmarks, from the leaning tower of Pisa to famed Dutch windmills - every single one made from paper.

Some of the outdoor models took up to three months to build and, since they are all constructed from the carton or cardboard commonly used in food packaging, they can be conveniently folded and packed away during Taiwan's frequent typhoons.

The park holds a fully functioning paper restaurant and gift shop where customers sit at carton tables and chairs and eat from paper crockery.

A set meal costing approximately 10 U.S. dollars offers customers a choice of beef, chicken, or salmon hot pot. And drinks are served in a traditional carton box.

Visitors and customers were impressed by such a transformation.

Hsu Chiu-wen, Visitor, said, "The creativity is great. I thought the paper chairs would collapse pretty quickly, but now I see everybody is seated and they're still quite firm. This table is also made of paper, but it doesn't collapse under the weight of all the tableware."

Three years ago, Chin Tang Paperware Co. Ltd., a family packaging business for three decades, saw a gradual loss of business as its industry met with competition from the mainland.

After their printing factory also moved away, the company decided to turn the space into an interactive theme park, complete with the paper exhibits and restaurant.

Huang led a creative team of about a dozen artists in experimenting with paper as a material.

Most of the paper is made in Taiwan and produced in different forms, both stiff and malleable, for use in different structures. Some are even water or fire resistant.

The company is preparing for an exhibition in Beijing next month and plans to open a paper hot spring resort in the near future.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source:

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