The Strength of Tenderness
The strength of tenderness; The Sound of Freedom
This poster is inspired by Taiwan’s Sunflower Students Protest. At the protest, the designer saw people from different parts of Taiwan gathered together, and used all their mites - voices, pictures, talks etc. - to care about Taiwan’s future. The protestants were not limited by their identities and backgrounds; they shouted and screamed for the same goal. They used their own way to speak-up, and the protestants witnessed the glorious moment of Taiwan’s darkest moment while honoring democracy.
Thus, this design emphasizes the preciousness and gloriousness of freedom that comes from democracy. The designer uses sunflower, the symbol of the Students Protest, along with fingerprints, the symbol of individuality, as the visual themes.
The red stem of the flower turns darker as it stretches downwards, which symbolizes the blood and sweat of endeavors and works (it also take as the bleeding and wounded heroes injured in this incident). The blood track extends out of the frame limitlessly; it is the perpetual sorrow of the price of fighting for democracy, freedom and rights. But, the people, the fingerprints, fearlessly congregate and confront the government. Combining these symbols, the designer has designed the image of the sunflower growing upwards and bloomed at the end. The meaning of the design is that every single person works together to face toward light, and the people disarmed the thorn fence that belongs to the government, which makes the flower in the design more powerful.