Giant white rabbit celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival in Taiwan
Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman, famous for creating the giant yellow rubber duck that has floated in many harbors around the world, has done something unique to celebrate this year's Mid-Autumn Festival in Taiwan. He made a huge white rabbit, an inspiration based on the story of the Jade Rabbit who resides on the moon with Chang Er, the beautiful lady who escaped her tyrant husband and flew to the moon in Chinese mythology.
This year's Mid-Autumn Festival will take place on September 8. The Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhong Qiu Jie) is often alternatively named Autumn Moon Festival, occurring on the 15th day of the eight month in the Lunar calendar. It traces its origin on the Chinese mainland more than 3,600 years ago. To this day, people of Chinese heritage still celebrate the festival in various ways, in particular enjoying eating moon cakes while viewing the bright full moon with friends and family. It is often said that on this night the moon is the largest ever for the year. It is also a public holiday in China and in Taiwan.
The artist Florentjin Hofman will be joining his new creation in Taiwan to celebrate the festival this year. The giant rabbit is on display in conjunction with the the Taoyuan Land Art Festival. The rabbit concept is inspired by the legend of Lady Chang Er, who swallowed the immortality pills that her tyrant husband meant to take for himself. She flew to the moon and has lived there accompanied by Jade Rabbit ever since, according to Chinese mythology.
Here's a short video where you can see how the rabbit looks from a bird's eye view, or maybe how it would look if Chang Er were looking down at Taiwan at this time.
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Measured at more than 25 meters (82 feet) in length, the giant white rabbit is seen reclining against an old aircraft hanger at the former Taoyuan Naval Base. The smiling rabbit is gazing up toward the sky, perhaps waiting to view the moon that's about to rise at night?
Constructed of waterproof paper, wood and Styrofoam, the rabbit reportedly can withstand sunshine and rain, but may fall victim to typhoons.