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
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.
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.
The fortune telling business is prevalent throughout Taiwan. You can find entire streets dedicated to the practice of telling the future and help you meet your fate. The Story of Fortune Telling 算命的故事 is an exhibit at the Taipei Story House that walks you through the history of the practice, and you can even (supposedly) discover what lies ahead in your life. Check out some photos from my visit after the jump.
Not only is the National Taiwan Museum in Taipei a beautiful piece of architecture, it also constantly has fascinating exhibits. One currently featured is The Magic of Plants 植物的魔法特展 which highlights the unique survival aspects of plants and how they manage to survive using some truly unbelievable methods. I know, plants are not exactly the most exhilarating subject for some people, but the hands-on activities, inventive layout, and surprising information makes it worth a visit. Check out some pictures after the jump.
Ever wish it was -4 C/25 F at the dawn of spring? The Taipei exhibit Fantasy Ice World 台北冰雪世界 will help you live those dreams. Several sculptures imported from Harbin, China, are making their temporary home in a freezing warehouse in Taipei’s technology center. Look over the scene from the icy Great Wall, stroll through a frozen pyramid, or have a rest in an all-ice cafe after the jump.
You might not see a real dragon or phoenix in Taiwan, but you can at least see a real mammoth. Until March 2nd, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei is hosting an exhibit titled “The Frozen Woolly Mammoth Yuka” 長毛象YUKA特展. The highlight of the exhibit is the best preserved mammoth in history, a 10-year-old mammoth that lived over 39,000 years ago. I stopped by to take some shots and touch some mammoth fur!