Sky Lantern Kite
Presented by Taiwanese Heritage Society of Houston at Children’s Museum of Houston
April 26, 2014
Lantern lighting is a folk tradition in Taiwan. Besides indoor lanterns, people also release lanterns over rivers and into the sky.
Before launching these lanterns, they write wishes on them. When they light the fuel in the lantern, heat lifts it up into the night sky.
Together, they watch their words glow—a constellation of hope.
Taiwanese people invest great effort cleaning up lanterns from valleys and river banks after they fall. This inspired artist Yu Ru Huang to design the sky-lantern kite, which carries its word-wishes into the sky, then returns to its owner, leaving no waste behind.
Arts Project Grant Award
This project is funded by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance
The project will engage the general public to participate in art creation by inviting them to write words that convey personal significance for them, and then incorporates the collected handwriting in the creation of art objects that convey metaphoric implications such as "Talking Door”, “Talking Lantern", and "Community Kites"
The project was created by Yu-Ru Huang in 2006. For the FY2014 Art’s Project grant Yu-Ru Huang will collaborate with David Tsai (3D design), Theresa Munisteri (English editing) and various professionals for the following scope of services.
*The project was supported in part by Houston and Harris County in 2006 and by the city of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance in 2011 and 2014. It has been featured in Houston’s annual citizenship month, the Texan French Alliance for the Arts, and various art projects for presentations in non-commercial venues.
Scope of Services involves the interaction at "Talking Door", the design of a Talking Lantern, 100 Kites, a catalog and copies of flyers.
Taiwanese Heritage Week
Every May, CSC has organized concert and art exhibition to celebrate the Taiwanese Heritage Week. CSC has invited several world-class Taiwanese musicians to perform music, which are composed by Taiwanese as well as international musicians. In 2000, a high school orchestra in Houston was invited to perform Taiwanese songs at the Taiwanese Community Center.
Asian American Festival
In October, CSC would take part in the Asian American Festival at Hermann Park. Taiwanese arts, crafts and cultural information are displayed in exhibition booth. In addition, Taiwanese aboriginal folk dance, kung fu, and instrumental music are performed on the Satellite Stage in the park.
Asian Heritage Month
In May of 2002, over 100 people participated in the celebration of Asian Heritage Month, with a big parade float symbolizing Taiwanese pursuit of democracy and harmony for a peaceful world. Also, CSC exhibited at the Alief Community Park cultural items and information about four major ethnic groups in Taiwan.