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Taipei art display to feature pandas, Formosan black bears
Central News Agency
2014-01-27 03:31 PM
Taipei, Jan. 27 (CNA) An outdoor exhibition featuring 1,600 pandas and 200 Formosan black bears -- made from recycled paper -- will be held in Taipei in late February to raise awareness of wildlife conservation, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said Monday. The city will work with French papier-mache artist Paulo Grangeon to stage the "1,600 pandas" exhibition that was first held by the French section of the World Wildlife Fund in a joint project with Grangeon in July 2008 at Paris City Hall, Hau said. The Taipei display, aimed at reminding people that only 1,600 giant pandas remain in the wild, will also highlight 200 papier-mache Formosan black bears in an effort to raise awareness of the endemic species, Hau said. "I understand the Formosan black bear is a Taiwanese treasure," Grangeon said in a video greeting released Monday, adding that he hopes the exhibition will resonate with the local people. As part of his effort to create vivid representations of the Formosan black bear, the artist visited the Taipei Zoo earlier this month to study the endangered animal. The exhibition is being held in Asia for the first time, after touring more than 20 countries worldwide, Hau said. It will run from Feb. 28 to March 30 and admission will be free, he said. The venues are Taipei City Hall plaza Feb. 28 to March 9, and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall March 14-30, he said. After the exhibition closes, the displays will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to local charities, the mayor said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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