The Trap | Cheng Tsung FENG

|  21 : 00 – 23 June,  2018  |


The trap, fish trap, bamboo installation


The Trap – a handmade pavilion by Taiwan based Artist Cheng Tsung FENG has popped up at entrance of  Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

The artist known for his craftsmanship used his skill to set up a 30 feet high installation made up of bamboo, rattan and steel. ‘The Trap’ – pays homage to the fishing tools and materials used by various ethnic groups and ancient culture in Taiwan. The movement of people through and under the structure is meant to evoke the thoughts of ‘crowds of fish caught in a fish trap’.

bamboo and rattan installation, the trap

Walking under the installation

The temporary installation which is at display till July 22, 2018 recreates scene of a giant fish trap catching people’s attention. The recently completed artwork was commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Taipei as a part of its ongoing exhibition. After researching upon a common method of making traps, the artist strapped thin strips of the materials. The arches formed by rattan bamboo and steel seem to impersonate the entrance arches of the museum.

bamboo pavilion, rattan installation, Fish trap

‘Human as fish’ caught in the trap 

From the designer – 

From thousand rivers to a museum, from hunter to prey

Cheng Tsung FENG is a Taiwanese young artist. With an old soul in his body, he is fascinated by exploring the wisdom condensed out of time hidden in traditional utensils. He is reluctant to let go of these intangible assets along with traditional utensils. Thus, he inherits them by design and learns to create utensils from their tradition.

sketch, traditional utensils, bamboo utensils

Inspiration and exploration of shapes and sizes


Arched canopy at the museum entrance

Cheng Tsung FENG was invited by the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, an influential museum in Taiwan, to make a giant translucent space installation by hand. This work was inspired by Taiwan’s traditional ancient culture-Fish Trap. The fish trap is an ancient fishing tool hand-made of bamboo and rattan. It can be found in many ethnic cultures. After collecting and researching the fish trap from various ethnic groups, it was found that there are huge differences between shape and size.

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Conical trap perched atop the museum arch


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The trap spreads across the entrance of the museum

To further explore the factors, shape and size are mainly influenced by the following factors. Materials that are readily available in the environment, the kinds of prey, set environment and aesthetics of each ethnic groups. Among these different fish traps, we found that there are common production thinking and modeling methods. These intangible cultures hidden behind tangible objects are like living things that can grow in response to the environment.

Bamboo and rattan strapped in together


bamboo strips weaved together, the trap, bamboo pavilion

Varying forms of the installation

Thoughts evoked – 

In this installation art, we relocated fish trap from thousands of natural rivers to Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, a 100-year-old man-made building. And replaced various kinds of fishes with the crowd of people. What will this traditional wisdom evolve after adapting to distinct environments and prey?

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View from within the museum corridor


Cheng Tsung Feng, fish trap, bamboo installation

The installation soars high unto the museum building

Hunter & prey / Old building & new installation / Ancient civilization & modern civilization / Man-made & natural / Industrial& handmade / Ancient & modern / Put culture in the museum & put the museum into the culture / Inside & outside / Open & close / In & Out.

Cheng Tsung Feng, Fish trap installation, Artist

The artist alongside his installation at the museum


Cheng Tsung Feng, fish trap, bamboo and rattan installation

One of the punctures of the fish trap 


Cheng Tsung Feng, Museum installation

Installation standing at the entrance of the museum

Project details – 


Installation name – The Trap

Artist – Cheng Tsung FENG |

Project type – Installation, Contemporary Art

Location – Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA),Taipei, Taiwan

Completion Year -2018

Photography Credits – © Sheng Da TSAI

Material – Bamboo, Rattan, Steel

Dimension – Width 20 m x Length 8.5 m x Height 9 m

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