In recent years, interesting installation artworks can be seen in many places in Taipei, creating a beautiful space to relax for tired people after work.
A social media user named Orange recently passed by the Taipei MRT Zhongshan Station’s “Green Belt Park” (綠帶公園, name provided by Orange), where he found a group of people standing by a stone wall with a “track and field” design painted on it.
The installation art piece had two huge snails on it, depicting them in the “slow” process of climbing up the wall.
The group of people gathered around the artwork looked so curious that Orange couldn’t help but take a look himself and soon realized that there was an actual, real-life snail on the third track, which was the main attraction for everyone.
Seeing the minuscule snail making its way up, led Orange to happily exclaim, “Go for it!”
橘子向The China Post表示，當下看到這一幕時突然覺得人生就是如此，假設三隻蝸牛代表現代人，「不管是身處哪個跑道上的蝸牛，都是賣力往上爬，不論快或是慢，肯持續努力的話，總是會抵達終點」。
Orange told The China Post that when he saw the scene, he suddenly felt that art is truly an imitation of life.
Assuming that the three snails represent modern people, “no matter where the snails are on the track, they are all trying their best to climb up; it doesn’t matter how fast or slow they are, if they are willing to keep working hard, they will always reach the end,” Orange said.
The artwork showed one of the snails reaching its endpoint at the very top of the wall, while the other on the fourth track continues to move forward.
The latest addition, the mini snail, also decided to join the race and occupied the third track, though it was obviously lagging behind.
Looking at the snail, Orange came to the realization that “just like you and me, everyone has his or her own goals and will always have a chance to achieve his or her dreams if he or she strives to move forward on their own track and pace.”
After the photo was posted, it immediately drew comments from social media users, writing, “such an inspiring image,” and “I want to help the little snail cheat.”
One social media user pointed out that the snail, though small, has a great deal of ambition, while another jokingly questioned whether the track 2 competition had been killed off by the others.
Someone also sarcastically commented that after five years, all three snails will still be in the same position.
In fact, the installation art is called “All things in their being are good for something (天生我材必有用).”
The creator, Lee Yi-hsun (李億勳), wanted to showcase the diversity hidden in the city and let others see that there are different groups of people from all over the world.
In pairing with another installation art at the side which shows bunnies hopping, he wanted to convey the message that though the hares are quick and snails are slow, as long as one focuses on their own path, they are sure to make accomplish something in their own field.