Wood, Oil 
162 x 80 x 40 cm

In the Taoist tradition the octagon is the holding structure of the so called „Bagua“ (八卦). These eight trigrams used in Daoist cosmology represent the fundamental principles of reality, seen as a range of eight interrelated concepts. Due to the traditional believe, the octagon can be found in various architectural elements in Taiwan, representing a complex series of references, very often being used as entrance gates or windows with the goal of warding off evil entities. It is believed that the form generates a field of „positive energy“ and therefore making it impossible for bad spirits to pass through. At the same time this harmonious energy pattern is believed to promote health and generate good fortune. In European history a similar concept of the octagon can be found in period of ancient Greece: The greek philosopher Pythagoras believed the "eightness" of the Octagon was the „Embracer of Harmonies“ and linked it to safety, steadfastness and everything that was balanced in the universe.

Text: Soulangh Art Space, Tainan 2017
Photo: Studio Kay Walkowiak