Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, whose giant floating Rubber Duck made a big splash across Taiwan last year, has been commissioned by Taoyuan County to produce a giant white rabbit next month. At about 25 meters long, the rabbit made of waterproof paper, wood and Styrofoam. It will be set up against a retired aircraft hangar as part of the Taoyuan Land Art Festival put on by the northern county, according to event organizers. The festival will celebrate the folklore surrounding the Mid-Autumn Festival -- which centers on the moon goddess Chang'e and her rabbit companion -- as part of the county's ongoing efforts to boost tourism. Hofman's Rubber Duck had cruised from Kaohsiung in the south all the way up to Taoyuan and Keelung last year, attracting roughly 10 million admirers islandwide. It appeared in Taoyuan's festival last year and drew some 3 million visitors to the county's rural coastal area despite inclement weather. Organizers said they hope for a similar success this year.
In addition to Hofman's endearing creations, the Sept. 4-14 festival will feature works from local and Chinese artists, including Xu Bin, president of China's Central Academy of Fine Arts. Xu, who is known for his printmaking skills and installation pieces, will exhibit his project called "Stone Path," in which stones carved with Chinese characters are arranged to form poems on the ground. There will also be 28 art performances and a running event during the festival to provide a variety of activities, the organizers said. For more information about the festival held in the Taoyuan Naval Aviation Base, go to http://www.taoyuanlandart.com.tw/. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)