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Centerpiece for 2021 Taiwan Lantern Festival unveiled

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 18 January 2021

The main lantern for the 2021 Taiwan Lantern Festival featuring a 15-meter mechanical art installation using 108 bamboo stems to represent the rhythm of the wind was recently unveiled.

The futuristic lantern was created by combining bamboos and glass to symbolize wind and light and applying high technology to the design, the Tourism Bureau said at a press conference.

It was designed and built by Luxury Logico, a machine-obsessed artist group dedicated to creating high-tech mechanical installations.

The group said that the use of the 108 bamboo stems in the design was meant to represent blessings, while the addition of technology to the artwork was aimed at demonstrating the co-existence of technology and tradition in cities.
The 2021 Taiwan Lantern Festival is scheduled to take place in Hsinchu from Feb. 26 to March 7.

At the news conference, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung noted several characteristics of the upcoming festival, including integrating art design into landscape aesthetics and incorporating technology into art. He mentioned in particular the combination of optical technology and the art of light and shadow.

The minister said he hopes that after the lantern festival, Taiwan will become a country with an advantage in optical technology and light and shadow art.

Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien said he hopes the 2021 lantern festival will give prayer for Taiwan and the world that the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon to allow people around the globe to return to normal life.

This is the first time that Hsinchu has held the Taiwan Lantern Festival in 32 years, Lin said, adding that he wants to get people to know the small but great Hsinchu City that mingles the old and the new.

Source: Focus Taiwan
Nina Lin (ninalin@taitra.org.tw)

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