太極十八式文創故事"Taichi 18 Forms" Initial Stories
台灣藝術家-呂孟鴻大師依照十八位人物特質，以「極簡五刀法 – 劈、破、擊、雕、琢」運用太極的「神」，刻畫出「形」的變化，極簡的雕刻法，大刀闊斧又不拘小節，極緻展現形、意、力道、美感，將太極精神與太極武術的意境達到最高境界！賦予傳統文化現代新意，創造當代太極十八式石雕藝術！
The LIULI TAI CHI series are inspired by the life stories of 18 outstanding persons and their journey of overcoming obstacles and achieving their dreams and success in life. They are the role models of achievement for all of us! Every story is a life journey of enduring and overcoming obstacles and struggles like the interactive push-pull forces of Taichi’s Yin and Yang forces. Every one of the 18 persons has used the Taichi’s binary methods to achieve their success. These methods, for example, include: “Conquering the unyielding with the yielding” (以柔克剛) and “Two for Four” or “achieving a great task with little effort” (四兩撥千斤)。 These methods imply that our life struggles can be unfolded easily, coinciding with the Taichi’s constant movements between the push-pull forces that affect everyone’s life. From the Taichi perspective, the life stories of the 18 artists are like a scenery book of the Heaven, Earth and Human (i.e., 天．地．人). The Taichi’s fighting postures of the 18 persons are unfolding in the square inch, coinciding with the Taichi 18 forms.
Drawing upon the characteristics and life stories of the 18 artists, Lu Menghong, a Taiwanese artist, uses the “miniature five-knife” method to crack, break, strike, carve and chisel (i.e., 劈, 破, 擊, 雕, 琢) his stone sculptures. The artist instills his sculptures with the flows and forms of Taichi to depict the changing shapes of of the stone sculptures. The sculpting method is bold, decisive, relaxed and casual. The sculptures thus exhibit the shapes, meanings, strengths and beauty (i.e., 形、意、力道、美感) of Taichi. This is indeed at the highest spiritual level of Taichi martial arts! By giving the traditional Taichi culture a new meaning, the artist has created a contemporary stone sculpture instilled with the modern aesthetic beauty of the traditional Taichi 18 Forms!