A few months ago, the price of 600ml bottles of Diet Coke in Taiwan rose from NT$25 to NT$29. The fact that I even care about this does not bode well for my dental health. I am sensitive to caffeine, but Diet Coke is a gateway drug. Now I’m just innocently sipping an ice cubed filled glass on hot mornings to perk up… the next thing I know, I’ll be guzzling down pints of espresso on an empty stomach, screaming “IT’S NOT WORKING!!! I’VE PLATEAUED!!! ” Anyway, when I was in Tainan a couple months ago, I found a very cool stall across the street from the Anping Tree House (安平樹屋) where a couple make and sell intricate sculptures carefully twisted from thin aluminum strands cut out of soda cans. When I was purchasing my miniature Diet Coke chair, hands shaking and pupils dilating as I handed over the money, they told me that Diet Coke cans are the hardest to find. Oh?
The aluminum wire sculpture is a great example of Taiwanese folk art made with disposable materials — I’ve seen flowers made from drinking straws that look like dandelions and slippers woven from strips of fabric. The stand operates on weekends and most weekdays… I have their phone number somewhere and will post it once I sort through my thousands and thousands of name cards.