Sculptor makes big Buddha
A Taiwanese sculptor has made a 2m tall crystal glass statue of the “Buddha of a Thousand Hands,” saying that she was inspired by an 800-year-old Yuan Dynasty paintings in China. Loretta Yang said the statue is twice as tall as one she made in 2006 that was recognized then as the world’s tallest crystal glass Buddha statue. She says her new statue has a few tiny cracks and is “less than perfect,” but fulfills her wish to preserve in crystal the famous fading Buddha images painted on the Dunhuang Cave’s walls in China’s Gansu Province. Yang is the artistic director and co-founder of glassmaker Liuli Gongfang. She is a Buddhist and has created Buddha statues and other glass works in traditional and modern styles that are on display in Taipei.
Top orchestra to play Taipei
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the world’s top orchestras, will hold two concerts in Taiwan early next year, the event organizer said on Monday. It will be the first time the renowned orchestra, which was founded in 1891, has performed in Taiwan, said the organizer and promoter of the orchestra’s concerts in Taiwan, Management of New Arts (MNA). Led by Italian conductor Riccardo Muti, the orchestra will present a classical music program on Jan. 25 and a different program the following day at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, MNA said at a news conference. Taipei will be the first leg of the orchestra’s Asian tour early next year, it added. The orchestra is one of the five US orchestras commonly referred to as the “Big Five,” along with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Staff writer, with agencies