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Benidorm is one of the favourite destinations for national and international tourists year after year. The city is committed to a different cultural proposal. Its streets will be part of an explosion of colour until next September with the ‘Hung Galaxy’ in an open-air exhibition.
Hung Yi, one of the most renowned artists of the oriental world, lands in Benidorm with an exhibition of fourteen impressive sculptures, which are inspired by Taiwanese culture. Don’t miss below all the curiosities of the event!
Street art in Benidorm
Hung Yi’s exhibition brings art to the streets of Benidorm this summer. Four of the pieces were displayed in the Plaza de la Hispanidad, two in Calle Gambo, six in the Avenida del Mediterráneo and two more in the Plaza de Sus Majestades los Reyes de España, on the esplanade of the Town Hall. Since mid-June, one of the most photographed pieces, representing two swans, has been on display in the Paseo de Poniente.
Street exhibitions are a great alternative for leisure and culture adapted to the difficulties that COVID-19 has brought to this sector.
Hung Galaxy’ travels back in time through a tribute to Taiwanese tradition and its most symbolic animals. It is a monumental collection of pandas, rhinoceroses, swans, ducks, in colours full of life and rigorous drawings of oriental tradition, full of details. His work is inspired by his environment and life experiences.
The artist uses mainly primary colours, which gives the statues a very special light and brightness. His works are bold and lively, giving the urban scene a very warm and special energy that the public can admire as they stroll around Benidorm. Each sculpture, made from a steel frame and plates, is covered in clay with a layer of printing, painting, glazing and firing.
It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a world-class international artist in Benidorm, and even more so in an open-air exhibition. Some of these spectacular statues weigh over a thousand kilos and are more than six metres high. Without a doubt, they are particularly complex works due to their installation and transport.
Hung Yi, do you know who he is?
Hung Yi, born in Taiwan in 1970, reveals in his work a surrealist style influenced by Spanish artists. These artists include Dalí, Picasso and Miró.
The artist has exhibited in a multitude of museums and art galleries around the world, as well as in urban art scenes in major cities such as San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, Tokyo, and Shanghai.
Hung Yi, a self-taught artist, is one of the most prestigious artists in the East. In recent years, he has been very prolific in the world of urban art. During his first period, the artist mainly produced works combining cartoons and sketches. Later, he continued to express himself through large graphic artworks, reflecting Taiwanese urban life in great colour.
Since 2000, he has been working on his street art sculptures. Always under the theme of animals with oriental symbolism, creating beautiful works of art inspired by Taiwanese culture or everyday life in bright colours seen in traditional Taiwanese patterns.
Things to see in Benidorm
Since the second half of the 20th century, Benidorm has been a benchmark for sun and beach tourism in the Mediterranean and its skyline is one of the most famous in Europe. Considering the important changes that COVID-19 has meant for everyone, if you are looking for things to do in Benidorm this 2021, apart from the stunning beaches, leisure and gastronomy, urban art is an excellent cultural bet that can be enjoyed safely.
In the ‘new normal’ that surrounds us this summer, culture and art have never been more present than in the social distance. Hung Yi’s colourful monuments have infused a special energy and atmosphere into the urban scene, which is slowly being revitalised by the arrival of crowds of tourists in the wake of the pandemic situation.
Benidorm is an excellent choice at any time of the year, due to its location, climate and tourist offer, the perfect destination for a family holiday. Benidorm’s beaches and coves are among the most famous nationally and internationally, and welcome millions of tourists year after year. But, if you prefer a more touristy visit, you can visit some of the most beautiful historical locations in the city. For example, we recommend you visit the Mirador del Castillo, known as the ‘Balcony of the Mediterranean‘ or the Church of San Jaime, which dates back to the 18th century.
L’Aigüera Park is the green lung of the city, the Paseo Marítimo de Poniente offers the most pleasant route in front of the sea and the Cruz de Benidorm, at the top of the Serra Gelada, gives us the best panoramic view of the city, you will love its sunsets!
Have you already booked your holiday in Benidorm at Camping Villamar? We’ll be happy to recommend alternative plans and favourite destinations for visitors to the city! Enjoy an unforgettable holiday this summer.