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Ex-convict wins top prize in Chiayi stone monkey carving competition

Ex-convict wins top prize in Chiayi stone monkey carving competition

Taipei, Jan. 31 (CNA) A former convict is turning over a new rock with a love of stone carving, the skill that won him the top prize in an annual competition to carve statues of monkeys in Chiayi City. Wu Chung-yi (???) came out first among the 28 competitors at Saturday's award ceremony, who spent 10 days making their stone monkeys, a craft with over 70 years of history in the Chiayi area. Each contestant had to stay outdoors as they used only traditional tools and eschewed the help of electronic machines. Wu said that as a former inmate, he has started his life over with his "deep love for the art of creating stone monkeys," and he hopes "to give each stone a new life" as well. Though it is his first top prize in the annual competition, Wu has won the city's other competitions, according to the Cultural Affairs Bureau. The bureau said he claimed this year's award thanks to the delicate skills he demonstrated in portraying the fine facial details of his stone monkey. At Saturday's ceremony, Wu received a prize of NT$50,000 (US$1,579) from Lin Chin-lung (???), acting head of the cultural affairs bureau. The annual outdoor competition for stone monkey carving began in 2011. (By Chiang Chun-liang and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-17 06:03 GMT+08:00