¡@¡@When the former Taiwan Province Government planned "The Art
Network of Railway Warehouse" in 1999, Chiayi was considered as
ideal one due to the city's position of the capital of art and
culture and the positive effort to reconstruct the empty
warehouses behind of the rear train station to an alternative
exhibition space supported by the former Chiayi city mayor Jhang
Bo-Ya and responded by other artists. After the Art Site of
Chiayi Railway Warehouse opened, it creates a new art
performance space unlike traditional museums and becomes the
first activity place comes from railway warehouse in Taiwan.
¡@¡@In July 2000, the Council of Cultural Affairs in Executive Yuan
choose 5 candidates and then decided to make the Art Site of Chiayi Railway Warehouse the second member of the Art Network of
Railway Warehouse, followed by the Stock 20 in Taichung train
station. This achievement is attributed the consistent
concentration by the former Chiayi city mayor Chen Li-Jhen and
outstanding art presentation of Chiayi city.
¡@¡@Bei-Sing Street is the main entrance of the Art Site of Chiayi
Railway Warehouse and is used to be called Bei-Gang head of
trains. After Taiwan's retrocession, it became the wares
transportation center because it had sufficient warehouses.
Moreover, it was the point of departure of Alishan Forest
Railway and the end of the Taiwan sugar corporation Bei-Gang
branch guest trains. Because gathering lots of people, many
stores, including restaurants, hardware stores, and jewelry
stores alongside the Bei-Sing Street flourished this district.
When the importance of transportation by trains and the
prosperous street view were both gone by the wind, the lost
residents then hid their glorious memory and wait for any
miracle in the dark time.