Friday, April 24, 2015

Fancy Animal Carnival

Artist Hung Yi, who hails from Taiwan, has installed "Fancy Animal Carnival"--a big grouping of 13 large sculptures featuring 19 different animals--on Civic Center Plaza. Each one is intricately painted on enamel and they have whimsical names like Money Frog and Sharing Elephants. I walk past them every day and people are delighting in them. There's just something gleefully pleasing about stumbling upon these guys unawares. We took Mabel down there the other evening and she ran around loving them while I took pictures. There's a distinct Takashi Murakami influence going on here (check out those smiling flowers painted on some of them) but I'd say it's been taken to a whole different place. Look and see--

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