Feng-Cha / A Tea House

Installation // Wood, Candle Light, Tea, Teapot // 2013 // Umea, Sweden

Feng-Cha is a custom which represents the hospitability of the Taiwanese culture. In the old time, the distance between two villages were quit far and cars or schooters were not invent yet, people had to walk or use carts pulled by bulls or horses to travel. Sometimes it was not easy to find water, especially in the hot summer, therefore some households would prepare a teapot filled with tea or water outside of their own house, and serve to the passers-by for free. This custom still exists in current Taiwan.

I built a small teapot house in the wood. The tea is heated by candle light. This Feng-Cha stand serves only one person each time, but the person is invited to renew the tea for the coming guest.
奉茶是一個可以體現好客及為人服務精神的台灣風俗。在早期交通工具並非如現在發達,當人們需要從一個鄉村移動至另一個鄉村大多靠著雙腳走路或者搭牛車馬車。當時更沒有現在的自來水系統,有時也不易在野外找到水源,因此人們發展出一種互助系統---在家門口準備一壺水或茶免費供給過路人飲用。其實,這樣的風俗在今天仍存在在某些鄉鎮。

在瑞典北方的森林裡,我搭造了一座茶屋---一座固定在樹幹的構造物,上面放了茶壺及水杯,並加裝了保溫裝置。這個茶屋設置在聯結於默奧大學校區及學生宿舍區的小徑旁,邀請過路人暫停於此享用一杯茶。茶屋刻意設計成每次只讓一個人使用,但邀請該使用者能夠在享用完畢後準備另一壺茶供下一位過路人飲用。