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Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival 福隆沙雕藝術季: Golden Art

You can see elaborate sand sculptures of all types at the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival 福隆沙雕藝術季 in New Taipei City.

You can see elaborate sand sculptures of all types at the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival 福隆沙雕藝術季 in New Taipei City.

While we’re in the midst of winter in Taiwan, it’s never too early to think about summer.  While most people head to the beach for some R&R, you can also enjoy an art show right by the ocean.  The canvas at the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival 福隆沙雕藝術季 is the beach itself.  These incredible sculptures top any paltry sand castle I’ve ever made, and showcase a variety of different themes and subjects.  Check out more info after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Ju Ming Museum 朱銘美術館: Sculpting Memories

Hundreds of incredible sculptures await at the Ju Ming Museum 朱銘美術館 in New Taipei City.

Hundreds of incredible sculptures await at the Ju Ming Museum 朱銘美術館 in New Taipei City.

I’m always impressed at the quality and diversity of Taiwan’s museums.  Some people find museums to be too droll, but I love exploring them.  The Ju Ming Museum 朱銘美術館 in New Taipei City may sound like a typical art museum at first, but it is a far cry from many others.  The museum houses the sculptures and artwork of Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming, whose career has spanned nearly 50 years.  In that time, he has created hundreds of sculptures from bronze, metal, stone, and probably dozens of other materials.  Not only are the pieces ambitious and stunning, but the museum also serves as a nice outdoor activity on a clear day.  Check out more info after the jump.

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The Metal Door Art of Guangming Road 光明路的金屬門: A Different Canvas

Close your shop in style with some art!  You can see many colorful metal doors on Guangming Road in Taipei.

Close your shop in style with some art! You can see many colorful metal doors on Guangming Road in Taipei.

Though Taipei has many interesting places that are open late (including a 24 hour bookstore), stores do indeed close.  Stores seem to fade into anonymity when the owners pack up shop and bring down those big metal gates.  On Guangming Road in the Beitou District of Taipei, you may find something unexpected on these slabs of steel: art!  Several stores on Guangming Road have their metal doors decorated with elaborate drawings from a host of different topics.  Check out more photos after the jump.

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Dream Parade 夢想嘉年華: Celebrate the Kooky

This is not even the strangest thing you will see at the Dream Parade 夢想嘉年華 in Taipei.

This is not even the strangest thing you will see at the Dream Parade 夢想嘉年華 in Taipei.

One of the strangest events actually hosted by the Taipei government is the Dream Parade 夢想嘉年華.  It’s a mix of Brazilian Carnival, Mardi Gras, religious processions, modern art, and traditional culture all mashed together.  It celebrates the surreal, the quirky, the colorful, and the half-dressed.  Everyone from eight to eighty (literally) join in the festivities to make it one of Taipei’s weirdest and enjoyable events.  Check out more info after the jump.

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Carton King 紙箱王: Heavy Duty Art

Cardboard lions are some of the many beige attractions at Carton King 紙箱王 in Taichung.

Cardboard lions are some of the many beige attractions at Carton King 紙箱王 in Taichung.

It’s been a while since my last update, so I have a large backlog of interesting places.  One of these is Carton King 紙箱王 in Taichung, also known as Carton King Creativity Park.  It’s hard to describe what this place actually is.  Part art exhibit, part quirky souvenir store, part restaurant, and part photo op magnet.  It is certainly a strange place to explore, so check out more info and pictures after the jump.

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Very Fun Park 2013 粉樂町: Attack of the Giant Inflatable Art

Art is watching.  A memorable piece from Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in 2013.

Art is watching. A memorable piece from Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in 2013.

I’ve been lacking in updates, so why not more than one in a day!  I already discussed the Very Fun Park event for this year and I mentioned how I preferred 2013’s version.  Instead of leaving everyone hanging, I’ve decided to expand a bit on Very Fun Park 2013, an artistic adventure in Daan and the surrounding area.  Check out more info and pictures after the jump!

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Very Fun Park 2014 粉樂町: An Art Scavenger Hunt

A sugary landscape is one of the creative art pieces you can find during Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in Taipei.

A sugary landscape is one of the creative art pieces you can find during Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in Taipei.

Keeping up with every single art show or event is a hard task in Taipei.  There are countless galleries and festivals that you can easily miss them if you are not paying attention.  One I didn’t want to miss this year is Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in Taipei.  Despite its name, it’s not actually a park, but instead a myriad of public art projects scattered around Taipei.  I went to it last year and was amazed, so how does this year stack up?  Find more info after the jump.

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Funbrick (Fun大吧!積木村): Plastic Neighborhood

A giant plastic brick house, or just small people?  Find out at Funbrick Fun大吧!積木村 in Taipei.

A giant plastic brick house, or just small people? Find out at Funbrick Fun大吧!積木村 in Taipei.

Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei often has quirky, pop culture art exhibits that are immensely creative.  Most exhibits just have you solemnly progress through the room, trying to absorb whatever you’re looking at.  At the Funbrick exhibit (Fun大吧!積木村), you are free to explore a small village turned into colorful blocks.  You can even enter the buildings for a myriad of photo ops.  Check out more photos and information after the jump.

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National Center for Traditional Arts 國立傳統藝術中心: A Cultural Grab Bag

Classical Chinese architecture is just one of the many things to see and do at the National Center for Traditional Arts 國立傳統藝術中心 in Yilan.

Classical Chinese architecture is just one of the many things to see and do at the National Center for Traditional Arts 國立傳統藝術中心 in Yilan.

If you’re looking for a Taiwan-centric museum, Yilan’s National Center for Traditional Arts 國立傳統藝術中心 should top the list.  It isn’t just a simple museum however, but a multi-acre park complete with an old street, restaurants, boat rides, temples, ponds, and more.  It’s almost like a traditional theme park, but without rollercoasters.  Check out more info after the jump.

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Flower Space 花草空間: Clay Vegetables

A mini clay shop selling shaved ice is one of the very Taiwanese sights you can see at Flower Space 花草空間  in Hualien.

A mini clay shop selling shaved ice is one of the very Taiwanese sights you can see at Flower Space 花草空間 in Hualien.

Hidden among all the mochi in Hualien is an interesting restaurant/museum/art gallery hybrid known as Flower Space 花草空間.  I came here for the vegetarian food, but little did I know that inside was a very fanciful art gallery of very small settings all made of clay.  The craftsmanship is incredible, and the food wasn’t so bad either.  Check out some more photos after the jump.

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