The whimsical menagerie of Taiwanese artist Hung Yi (洪易) will be roosting in Washington, D.C. from April 28 through Oct. 15. Stop by "Fancy Animal Carnival” for a colorful photo-op with these larger-than-life sculptures.
Hung, 47, is a former restauranteur turned artist whose steel-plated, enamel-baked characters are a delightful addition to any landscape or venue. His eye for color, cultural motifs, and pop art has created a parade of anthropomorphized sculptures equipped with individual character.
Drawing inspiration from his hometown Taichung, Hung notes that the central Taiwanese city is a melting pot of cultures where tradition reigns side by side with innovation. This fascinating meld is reflected in his art, as Hakka floral patterns join classic Chinese patterns, indigenous symbols, and Taiwanese endemic animals.
Hung's creations were part of the opening events for the 2016 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic competition in San Francisco in spring, and an eye-catching 11-piece collection spent last winter on the corners of Garment District in New York City.
Hung also donated a cheeky-looking draconic creature to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco last year. Standing sentry at the museum's doorsteps, the hulking "Dragon Fortune” is a hit with exhibitiongoers and trends on social media under the hashtag #HappyDragon.
For the upcoming 'Fancy Animal Carnival' exhibition, the artist has chosen nine sculptures and four smaller displays to bring good tidings to Washington, D.C. Auspiciousness is represented across cultures, including the eagle and buffalo that embody American resilience.
Five sculptures will be positioned along downtown areas with busy foot traffic, including Herald Square, CityCenterDC, and Chinatown Park. Stroll past for a glimpse of a dragon-horse hybrid, a pair of grinning camels, and a trio of lambs stacked upon each other.
The remaining artworks will be displayed at the Twin Oaks estate - home of the Republic of China diplomatic mission to the U.S. - in Cleveland Park. Another giraffe-esque sculpture towering nearly six meters will greet visitors at the entrance of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States on Wisconsin Ave.
The artist will travel to D.C. and join the official opening ceremony on May 4.