The stretch of County Highway 197 from Chishang Township to Beinan Township takes you past miles of idyllic scenery. The endless expanse of rice paddies and terraced fields that you see along the way seem to be right out of a poem. Since 2019, the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau Taitung Branch has organized the “Stray Bird 197-East Rift Valley Land Art Festival” on this piece of pastoral land. The inspiration for this festival came from visionary Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore’s collection “Stray Birds.” This year, the festival has set up three art instillations in Luye and Guanshan. These pieces will draw visitors from far and wide to meander around Taitung’s East Rift Valley.
This year, the festival invited well-known Taiwanese artists to take up residency in Taitung. The artists in residency include Eleng Luluan, Xu Ming-sheng, Lin Shu-ling, Chen Yi-zhang, Iyo Kacaw and a collaboration between Lin Chun-yong and Yang Hai-qian. These artists each have their own unique areas of expertise. They have transformed the beautiful scenery and stories of the East Rift Valley into art that intimately reflects the spirit of this special place. After the pandemic subsides, come visit Taitung. Lose yourself amongst the art instillations that you’ll discover in this idyllic paradise. This festival will show you just what is possible in the East Rift Valley. A relaxing day of enjoying the instillations will put you at ease, just as if you were reading a poem from “Stray Birds.”