An ecological lantern of unusual design: an open ring with images in constant motion that become incandescent at night. The "Ring of Celestial Bliss" is an installation designed by J.J.Pan & Partners for the Taiwan Lantern Festival.
The steel structure covered in bamboo appears to be precariously balanced. The materials were chosen with respect for local historical and cultural traditions and with a view to ensuring sustainability. The town of Hsinchu was known as "The city of bamboo walls" and the installation is made out of bamboo and other highly recyclable, environmentally sustainable materials.
At the end of the festival the structure will be taken apart and the materials donated to the community of Taitung. The steel will be used to make a roof for the town’s elementary school, while the bamboo from the walls will be used in the environmental education workshops set up by the “Earth Passengers” association.
Design Firm: J.J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners
Principal architect: Joshua Jih Pan, Chungwei Su
Design Team: Steven B.J. Chen, Ian Y.C. Tseng
Images courtesy of J.J. Pan & Partners, photographer: Delta, JJPan