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Sand, salt sculpture festival to be held in Tainan in June

2012/05/10 20:25:05

Taipei, May 10 (CNA) A festival featuring both sand and salt sculptures will take place in Tainan City next month to showcase the region's rich natural resources, the Tourism Bureau said Thursday.

The festival, scheduled for June 2-July 15, marks the bureau's first attempt to bring together "the two gifts from the ocean" to promote local tourism, said bureau official Cheng Jung-feng.

"Using such small particles to create Tainan as a unique travel destination could bring us huge returns," Cheng said, explaining that the area in southwestern Taiwan is known for both its coastal scenery and traditional salt-production industry.

The festival will also feature the largest salt sculpture ever made in Taiwan.

The artwork, approximately 400 square-meters in size, will be a collaboration between sculptors from Taiwan, Canada, Japan, China and the Netherlands.

A total of 15 sand sculptures and 22 salt sculptures of various themes will be on display, including cartoon characters, animals from the Chinese zodiac and even sports figures like NBA basketball playerJeremy Lin and Major League Baseball pitcher Wei-Yin Chen.

Wang Song-guan, project leader of the salt sculpture section, encouraged the public to come and see both kinds of sculptures because the art forms were very different from each other.

"I suggest that people take a close look at the details of the sculptures and consider how light and shadow effects have helped shape their artistic expressions," he said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)