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Apple Taiwan Opens Today

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From Quartz:

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Apple’s newest retail outlet opens today in Taipei — its first ever on the island, 497th worldwide, and 78th in Asia, where it has steadily expanded its footprint.

For the Taipei store, Apple commissioned something elaborate — a 75-meter/250-foot-wide artwork

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made in the style of Chinese paper-cutting, which surrounded the unopened store's periphery until today.

The artwork was designed by Yang Shiyi (below),

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a Taipei-based artist who specializes in the ancient art form.

It depicts a banyan tree surrounded by various creatures, including black bears, leopard cats, and owls, all common to the island.

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Of course, some of them are perched atop branches whilst tapping away at Apple products.

"For me, trees are structures of life, but they don’t just take up space — they are spaces for innovation. As they mature, they give people a space to congregate and exchange ideas. And Apple stores aren't just places to sell products, they provide spaces for classes and activities. The ideals are very similar," he told Quartz.

Yang says that Apple contacted him in late March, and that the piece took three months to create.

In order to finish the project in such a short time span, he worked with over 100 people to manage the design, cutting, and lighting.

Since paper is too delicate for such a massive structure, Yang used fabric.

The entire piece was cut by hand, using X-acto knives.

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Paper-cutting dates back to the second-century CE in China.

For centuries, it has been a common folk art, with pieces adorning households during holidays like Chinese New Year.

Often these works take the form of the Chinese characters for "luck" or "double happiness."

Yang learned the art of paper cutting by traveling to China's Shaanxi province and studying the craft.

His says his work diverges from the form's traditional mold, but not out of a desire to break new artistic ground.

Rather, it's to ensure his pieces touch a chord.

"Paper-cutting dates back thousands of years and thousands of traditional designs have accumulated, but the visual vocabulary of modern people has gone through many changes, and traditional imagery won't necessarily resonate. I always try to make my artwork have non-traditional designs, but the purpose isn’t innovation, it's to communicate with people."

Yang's piece won’t remain inside the actual store after today.

But he has released a set of iMessage stickers (below)

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based on the concept.

Free, the way we like it.

July 1, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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July 1, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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