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'A World of Miniature Dreams: International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition'
'A World of Miniature Dreams: International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition'
2017-08-05 ~ 2017-09-30

The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute’s Taipei Branch will hold an international shoebox sculpture exhibition from Aug. 5 through Sept. 30.

The exhibition will feature small sculptures by artists from Taiwan, Japan, and China and present the process of making shoebox sculptures as well as the characteristics of different materials such as stone, wood, and metal.

Titled “A World of Miniature Dreams,” the daily imaginations of Taiwanese and foreign artists will be presented through four themes including “Microscopic Scene,” “Contextual Snapshot,” “Self-Dialectic,” and “Extended Topics.”

The exhibition will explore the idea of “dream-making,” which encompasses not just the concept of daydreaming or fantasizing, but also the power of making dreams come true.

The act of dream-making gives people courage and hope, and one of the ways of realizing dreams is through art creation, which in turn ties back to the exhibition and the process of creating small sculptures.

The concept of “daily,” which embodies the life experience of individuals or groups and the passage of time, will also be presented through small sculptures that reflect the imagination and daily routine of the featured artists.

The concept of creating sculptures small enough to fit within the dimensions of a shoebox was proposed by professors Mamoru Sato and Fred Roster of the University of Hawaii in the early 1980s.

Unlike traditional sculptures that are expensive, space-consuming, and hard to transport, shoebox sculptures are easier to work with and can better reflect the idea and creativity of artists.

Moreover, shoebox sculptures are well-suited for the cultural and creative market as their small size makes them less costly to make and easier to transport and showcase.

The miniaturization of shoebox sculptures offers different vantage points to inspire the exhibitiongoers to break out of the box that is their everyday life.  


‘A World of Miniature Dreams’

  • Date: Aug. 5 – Sept. 30, 2017
  • Venue: NTCRI Taipei Branch
  • Address: No. 41 Nanhai Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan (ROC)
  • Website: http://taipei.ntcri.gov.tw/


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