Taiwanese animal sculptures go on display downtown

The Fancy Animal Carnival features colorful sculptures at three downtown locations. (photos courtesy of the DowntownDC BID)

Five massive, colorful animal sculptures by celebrated Taiwanese artist Hung Yi are now on display downtown through Oct. 15.

The “Fancy Animal Carnival” exhibit has installed Yi’s folk-culture inspired pieces at CityCenterDC (825 10th St. NW), Chinatown Park (6th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW), and Herald Square (13th Street and New York Avenue NW).

The exhibit was arranged through a partnership between the CityCenterDC complex and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, with support from various other local and federal partners, according to a release.

Yi created the sculptures — two camels, a sheep, a dragon horse and a buffalo — by individually forging steel plates and decorating their surfaces with “a rich palette of painted symbols and forms from Taiwanese folk art and daily life,” the release says.

Additional Yi sculptures will be on display in front of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office building at 4201 Wisconsin Ave. NW as well on the cultural office’s Twin Oaks estate in Cleveland Park, according to the release.