Matsu Islands, an archipelago of 36 islands and islets in the East China Sea officially named Lienchiang County (連江縣), is the smallest, yet most creative administrative region in Taiwan. Dongyin Township, its northernmost island, recently kickstarted an art project that features newly designed door plates boasting the unique “Dongyin” color.
The community project, nicknamed “Searching for the color of Matsu — North Latitude 26,” aims to increase the community’s aesthetics and boost tourism with the use of local features.
Among other highlights, Toraton Creative Studio Co. has tried to determine the exact color of the sea surrounding Dongyin whose unique hue is determined by the particles present in the water, the local temperature and sea depth.
Accordingly, the color of the sea surrounding Dongyin is darker than around other Matsu islands because of the large amounts of granite. Gravel beaches, for instance, are widespread in the area giving its unique color to water.
另一大亮點是門牌周遭的小綠葉 – 凹葉柃木。創作團隊認為聚落中的主角是建築，而門牌則為配角，希望能透過小巧思設計讓人們偶然瞥見門牌時能發覺驚喜。
Another highlight of the door plates is the green leaves — “Shore Eurya,” an endemic species in Matzu. According to Toraton Creative Studio, the door plates complement the local architecture with the goal of surprising visitors.
The door plates are made of four separate plates of ceramics in consideration of the cost and weather conditions in Matsu, especially strong winds and drastic changes in temperature.