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Official Unveiling of “Fancy Animal Carnival” Public Art

Hung Yi


Official Unveiling of “Fancy Animal Carnival” Public Art
19 Sculptures by Taiwanese Artist Hung Yi in front of San Francisco City Hall

1pm, Tuesday, April 21

Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall.
# 1 Dr. Carlteon Goodlett Place (near McAllister)

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee
Ou Hsien Cheng (歐賢政), Director of Taipai’s InSian Gallery
Artist Hung Yi

Hashtag: #hungyisf

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DETAILS: One of Taiwan’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Hung Yi (洪易), brings his large scale whimsical sculptures to San Francisco in a temporary art installation entitled “Fancy Animal Carnival” at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza from April 17 to May 2, 2015. Curator and project manager for the San Francisco installation is Cathy Hsu (許芳瑜). The exhibit of 19 large-scale, vividly colored animals, is free and open to the public, spread across the Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza on the eastern front of San Francisco City Hall. The exhibition is timed to take place during the Second Annual LPGA Swinging Skirts Golf Tournament in San Francisco April 20 – 26.

“We are thrilled to host this exceptional artwork exhibit in the heart of our City where it can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “Meaningful cultural exchanges of artwork from around the world keep San Francisco at the cutting edge of innovation and artistic expression, and we are proud to be the temporary home of the Fancy Animal Carnival.”

Born in 1970, Taichung, Taiwan, Hung Yi was once an owner of nine restaurants. However, at the age of 30, he decided to live his life fully as an artist following attention for his work during the “Stock 20 in Taichung Railway Station” exhibit in 2002. Since then, his work continues to be inspired by his surroundings and life experiences. Typical of a Hung Yi creation are bright primary colors and bold, lively constructions. Hung Yi has also gained notoriety for the paradoxical dichotomy of his work that employs traditional motifs juxtaposed with hints of the spectacle of modern visual culture. Hung Yi is renowned for his unique steel sculptures adorned with playful and vibrant hues, His sculptures are anthropomorphized interpretations of fauna based on the conventional semiotics of good luck and fortune.

Founded in 1987, InSian Gallery has pursued a mission of promoting Taiwanese art by quietly cultivating both the Taiwanese art and business worlds. The gallery disseminates works to create and encourage sustainable developments in the arts.

Coordination and support for the exhibition has been provided by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Department of Recreation & Parks. [widgetkit id=19]