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Taiwan's largest salt sculpture unveiled in southern Taiwan

2012/05/19 21:42:10

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) A 5-meter-tall salt sculpture, touted as the largest salt work in Taiwan, was unveiled Saturday at the venue of an upcoming sand and salt sculpture art festival in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan.

The sculpture, weighing around 300 metric tons and featuring images of religious deities, was created by a number of local artists, said Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te at the sculpture's opening ceremony.

The artwork and the festival, slated for June 2-July 15, are part of a campaign to boost tourism related to local attractions and resources, such as the closed salt fields in nearby Qigu, he said.

The Qigu Salt Pans, transformed into a recreation area after they were closed in 2002, are a popular tourist destination in Tainan. Visitors can see a preserved salt mountain and visit a museum to learn all about the history of Taiwan's salt industry.

The salt sculpture, titled "Nan Ying Myth," will be displayed at the festival along with other 20 salt works, according to organizers.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)