Material: Miniature house (mixed media)
The Pier-2 Art Center is in Yencheng District, one of the first districts to develop in Kaohsiung. Right next to Kaohsiung Port, at the periphery of the warehouses, the traces of history are held in every corner. Glimpse between the cracks in the bricks to see through a portal in time.
Under Japanese rule, this area was right next to the fish market at the port. There was increasing need for bamboo containers to haul fish. Shops selling bamboo products and steamer baskets opened in densely packed rows, like fish scales. This created a "Steamer Basket Street" on Wufu Road.
At the time, bananas and refined white sugar were the major exports. Bags of sugar and baskets of bananas, conveyed by mini sugar trains (wufenche, literally "half the usual train"), filled the warehouses at the port, one after another. Cargo ships large and small departed from Kaohsiung, to sail towards a future of prosperity.
The Second World War erupted. The once-busy port was bombed by the American army and became still. The shipwrecks in the port brought a new business for hardware industries that worked disassembling ships, filling the huge gap in industry that had been rent by the chaos of war. Kaohsiung's Yencheng District was once again famous.