TAIPEI (CNA) — Taipei 101 will celebrate the periodic table of chemical elements with a short animation on its LED light wall this weekend, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) announced Tuesday.
The animation, which lasts 30 seconds, will be replayed in a loop from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day from Dec. 13 to 15.
2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the periodic table by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, and it has been proclaimed the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements” by the United Nations.
To celebrate the anniversary, the MOST, along with the Ministry of Education, National Taiwan Normal University and the Chemical Society Located in Taipei (CSLT), has organized a series of events that highlight the themes “the elements are everywhere” and “cherish resources.”
Coincidentally, the chemical element named in honor of Mendeleev, Mendelevium (Md), has the atomic number 101, which is why the CSLT thought of promoting the periodic table on the 101-floor skyscraper, according to CSLT Chairperson Chiu Mei-hung (邱美虹).
Other events being organized include exhibitions in four museums, and some subway trains in Taipei will be decorated based on the periodic table theme.
The trains will start operating Dec. 11 on the Bannan Line and Danshui Line, and will run for two and a half months.