Enormous glass shoe as a tribute to local women who suffered from a debilitating foot disease has built by an A Taiwanese county.
The transparent 17-meter (55-foot) tall structure in Chiayi county in the southwest of the island has constructed last week has already attracted large numbers of visitors even before it officially opens in two weeks. It is the creation of local government officials in the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area, a prominent tourist area in Taiwan.
Made out of over 320 tinted glass panels, the shiny blue building measures more than 10m (36ft) wide and cost about T$23m (US$686,000 £477,000).
Intended for use as a wedding hall and tourist attraction, the shoe honors women who suffered in the past from arsenic poisoning from well water that caused gangrene, a condition sometimes known as “black feet disease.”
Because feet often had to be amputated, many women faced discrimination and were unable to marry or start families, let alone wear high-heeled shoes.
“Basically, this is built not only to remind us of the time when people suffered from the disease, but also to represent our hope that women can now realize their dreams of walking toward their blissful future in their high-heels,” said the county government head Helen Chang.
Visitor Lin Yi-ling, 56, said the glass shoe was a fitting tribute to the women who’d suffered from the disease. “So when I learned the history behind the high-heel wedding hall, I thought I should come to visit,” Lin said
“There will be 100 female-oriented features in the church like maple leaves, chairs for lovers, biscuits and cakes,” government spokesman Zheng Rongfeng is quoted as saying in local media.
Another user from Shandong province said: “Most girls love fairytales, it’s great that officials want to focus on women for once.”
It’s set to open its doors to the public on 8 February, just in time for Chinese New Year