Taiwan excellence teams up with local artist, students to promote sustainability

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 (Bernama) — Taiwan Excellence, the globally recognised mark representing the best of Taiwanese products, advances its sustainability initiatives through artistic creation by collaborating with local artists and school students.

It said renowned Malaysian street artist Kenji Chai and 10 students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) SS17, Subang Jaya, will create a mural featuring the Malayan tiger and Taiwan Excellence’s Formosa Bear on a wall on campus to convey the positive message of environmental conservation.

“This visual art project seeks to transform sustainability concepts into tangible visual art, convey environmental conservation ideas and enhance the spatial aesthetics,” it said in a statement today.

Taiwan Excellence said the project is an addition to participating in this year’s International Architecture, Interior Design & Building Exhibition (ARCHIDEX) with the theme ‘Greener Together’ to highlight its continued commitment to a more sustainable future.

It said the large mural, measuring 6.1-metre high and 8-metre wide, is expected to be completed within a week by the end of this month.

Taiwan Excellence said those unable to see it in person are welcome to visit the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion at ARCHIDEX 2024 (Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Hall 2, Booth 2L180) from July 3 to 6 to learn more.

“Kenji Chai, renowned for his nature and animal-themed art, creatively blends sustainability with local Malaysian features in his latest mural. The highly anticipated mural will feature iconic native animals such as the proboscis monkey,” it said.

The statement stated that at the start of his work on June 19, Chai explained that he wanted to express the spirit of ‘cherishing’ and ‘courage’ in the mural, hoping that his art would inspire others to cherish the environment and things around them. 

“The intricate design on the Malayan tiger represents the myriad life’s challenges that everyone faces and encourages everyone to draw from the strength within everyone to face any difficulties, no matter how complex, with courage and determination,” it said.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Excellence said SMK SS17 aimed to instil environmental responsibility in students, moulding them into a strong foundation for a sustainable ecosystem of tomorrow.