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Giant octopus spotted glowing in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung

Light installation a feature of 2022 Taiwan Lantern Festival

Giant octopus spotted glowing in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung. 

Giant octopus spotted glowing in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A giant octopus has crawled to the Pier2 Art Center in Kaohsiung, the host city for the 2022 Taiwan Lantern Festival.

Created by Amigo & Amigo, a light sculpture design studio from Australia, the octopus-shaped artwork was added to the port venue in the southern city as a feature of the Lantern Festival. The event is being held between Feb. 1 and 28.

Having first appeared in the Vivid Sydney 2017 light show, the installation is typical of the Australian studio’s creations, which emphasize interaction with viewers. Visitors are encouraged to play the iron drums connected to the “LED tentacles” to illuminate them, per CNA.

The design of the drums also symbolizes “drumming up” hope and optimism for life after the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, energizing people to regain a positive attitude toward what lies ahead, according to Shih Che (史哲), deputy mayor of Kaohsiung.

The lantern showcase will take place at Love River Bay and the Weiwuying arts center and will highlight the port culture, greenness, and artsy vibes of the harbor city by employing state-of-the-art technologies.