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Popular 'Moon Rabbit' exhibit destroyed by fire

2014/09/15 15:13:26

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) Following a popular display that drew over 2 millions visits since its opening, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's "Moon Rabbit" sculpture was destroyed in a fire in Taoyuan Monday.

The 25-meter-long sculpture, made of waterproof paper, wood and styrofoam, was designed exclusively by Hofman for the Taoyuan Land Arts Festival, which closed a day earlier after attracting nearly 2.5 million visits during the 11-day event, according to organizers.

[Courtesy of the Taoyuan County Department of Cultural Affairs]

The fire occurred when workers were disassembling the sculpture and was suspected to be caused by sparks from chainsaws used during the process, the Taoyuan county government said.

The sculpture of a rabbit lying down over an aircraft hangar in a former naval base used as the site for this year's festival, was left headless following the fire, with part of its torso blackened.

[CNA photo Sept. 15, 2014]

The county government said Hofman was informed of the accident and added that local authorities are considering seeking compensation from contractors conducting the disassembly.

The accident was not the first one for Hofman's works displayed in Taiwan. The artist's famous Rubber Duck exhibit deflated during the Taoyuan festival's inaugural edition last November.

Another rubber duck used in the Keelung leg of the art project's tour in Taiwan beginning December burst Dec. 31, only 10 days into the over two-month long display.

(By Bien Chen-feng and Kay Liu)

●Sept. 15: Destroyed rabbit sculpture has left viewers with good memories