Taichung Discovery Pavilion champions biodiversity in new "Half Earth" multimedia art installation

art installation with hardwood floor forming a path surrounded by grass and glass circular installations on the roof

In Taichung,
Taiwan, the recently completed Discovery Pavilion at the Taichung
World Flower Expo explores what life could be like if humans
returned half of the Earth’s habitable surfaces to nature — a
concept known as “Half Earth” proposed by the “Father of
Biodiversity” Edward Wilson in 2016. Taipei-based Cogitoimage International Co., Ltd
designed the pavilion to advocate such preservation with a
large-scale exhibition that covers the ecology of the Taichung
Dajia River as it flows from high to low altitudes. In keeping with
the eco-friendly ethos of the project, the main materials used in
the project include recycled glass and cork, sustainably sourced
timber and other natural materials.

art installation with hardwood floor forming a path surrounded by grass and glass circular installations on the roof

cement pathway alongside a handmade small water collection lined with rocks with glass installations inside it

Created with the theme of “Viewing Half-Earth through
Taichung’s Ecology,” the Discovery Pavilion uses mixed
multimedia — from poems and crafts to art installations and new
media — to promote environmental
stewardship
 and biodiversity preservation. Spanning an area of
31,861 square feet, the exhibition covers the vertical ecology
along the Dajia River, the main river in Taichung city, as it
morphs from the low-lying estuary to the snow-topped mountains at
12,740 feet above sea level. Endemic species are highlighted in the
exhibition, from native flora to the endangered leopard cat and the
Formosan Landlocked Salmon.

decorated umbrellas with painted cats hang from a bamboo ceiling

tree installations are planted next to sculptures of animals

“With the theme of “Viewing Half-Earth through Taichung’s
Ecology”, Discovery Pavilion advocates to preserve half of our
planet for other species and reinterpret the ecology of Dajia
River,” read the Discovery Pavilion press release. “Edward’s
“Half-Earth” concept has two main points. On the one hand, we
should be aware that human beings are not the only masters and
inhabitants of the earth. On the other hand, we need to think about
how to reserve more spaces for other inhabitants of the earth, i.e.
flora and fauna in the ecosystem.”

forest installation with trees and branches on the floor illuminated by tree stumps with lights

a person walks through a light installation that resembles the Dajia River


Related: A disused railway will become a sustainable green corridor
in Taiwan

The Discovery Pavilion consists of nine exhibition areas that
are independently crafted with different styles that come together
as a cohesive whole. To create a multi-sensory
experience, the designers used a variety of materials and
technologies to reproduce different landscapes, from the pyramidal
glass and hand-woven rice straw roof that evokes the low-lying
rural areas in Lishan to the use of imaging technology that creates
the sensation of being underwater with the Formosan Landlocked
Salmon and reproduce the overall biodiversity of Taiwan.

+ Cogitoimage

Images by Te-Fan Wang

a person looks at a wide screen with insects and animals in a forest

people walk across a giant screen with windmills and constellations in vibrant futuristic themes

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
Taichung Discovery Pavilion champions biodiversity in new "Half Earth" multimedia art installation