If anyone’s been to the Eastern part of Taiwan, chances are they’ve visited Hualien City while passing through the famous Taroko National Park. And while there’s a running stereotype that there’s nothing much to do in the quiet town, perhaps Hualien’s First Straw Art Festival might change your mind.
Currently ongoing until the 31 March, the festival promises much to see with a fresh perspective on art. We’ve seen flowers, bushes and even trees turned into artworks, but their often-forgotten straw counterpart is something unorthodox and refreshing—and not to mention, it’s gotten me pretty curious.
Launched by the Fuli Township Farmer’s Association of the Hualien County, you will be able to spot various animal structures at the festival—all entirely made out of straw—and even pose underneath some of them. These adorable installation art have been put together by art students and majors alike.
The key artwork you can lookout for is the Giant Orangutan towering over at nearly 2 stories high, amongst other structures such a porcupine and warthog. In addition, you and your travel companions will get to enjoy the breathtaking mountainous scenery in the background across the Hualien landscape.
Date: Now until 31 March 2020
Time: 8am – 5.30pm daily
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