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Installation artist Hung Yi (洪易), best known for his whimsical artworks and strong Taiwanese aesthetics, will host a solo exhibition titled "Happy Animal Party” at the Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park from Jan. 4 through March 10.
Hung's animal-shaped installations are friendly in appearance, yet distinctively unique; moreover, the artist was among the first resident artists at Art Stock 20, an art village near the park in Taichung.
Reminiscent of childhood fun while radiating a strong Taiwanese style, Hung's artworks are inspired by all aspects of life, folk traditions, and cultural symbols that permeate the local environment. By examining his surroundings through his heart and capturing his emotions with his hands and eyes, he creates artworks with a positive vibe that do not adhere to any particular form or rule.
Hung, a Taichung native, said it was his idea to organize the exhibition back in his hometown. He noted that each visitor will be treated as a guest of honor who can help make the "party” much more merrier.
The exhibition is Hung's first major solo exhibition in Taiwan. It was previously held at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan and featured 55 different animal installations.
Visitors to the Taichung park should keep an eye out for the goat installations performing a pyramid stunt at the entrance, and the huge Mandarin ducks (including one decked out in Hakka floral patterns) along the Art Boulevard. Two elephant installations whose noses are tied together to form an arch on the central piazza will also be a great place to take pictures.
More public art installations abound: two lively-looking rabbit installations will be placed under a big tree, and a crouching dragon will be placed on the rooftop of the International Performance and Exhibition Hall.
However, more animal installations are inside the hall, where the real "party” will take place.