Ben took thisBuffalo and Eagle found on Broadway at 40th Street

A flight of whimsy arrived on the Broadway Pedestrian Plaza in the Garment District yesterday. Titled A Fancy Animal Carnival, these eleven large-scale, colorful sculptures were created by the Taiwanese artist, Hung Yin. Each of the whimsical sculptures reflects folk culture as well as region, and represents a narrative expressed through traditional Taiwanese symbols, which are believed to bring luck. They also represent the artist’s view of everyday life.

garment-district-fancy-animal-carnival-untapped-cities-afinelyneWe began on 41st Street and Broadway, with Auspicious Triple Sheep. Baked enamel on steel plate, 2013

Born in 1970 in Taichung, Taiwan, Hung Yi was once the owner of nine restaurants. He shifted gears at the age of thirty, to follow his true love – art – with major exhibitions worldwide. While he exhibited in San Francisco in 2015 and 2014, this is Hung Yi’s first New York exhibition. A Fancy Animal Carnival is free and open to the public on the Garment District Broadway Mall, which runs from 41st Street to 37th Street. Take a peek at our photos beginning at 41st Street, running south. The installation will be on view through April 2017.

hung-yi-fancy-animal-carnival-untapped-cities-afinelyneUp close with Auspicious Triple Sheep on 41st Street and Broadway

hung-yi-dragon-horse-garment-district-untapped-cities-afinelyneDragon Horse, baked enamel on steel plate, 2014. On view at 40th Street and Broadway

garment-district-alliance-and-hung-yi-untapped-cities-afinelyneClose-up of Dragon Horse

buffalo-and-eagle-hung-yi-nyc-untapped-cities-afinelyneA close-up of the eagle atop Buffalo and Eagle

hung-yi-a-fancy-animal-carnival-nyc-untapped-cities-afinelyneClose-up of Yellow Ox at 40th Street

yellow-ox-hung-yi-garment-district-untapped-cities-afinelyneThe back of Yellow Ox on 40th Street

hung-yi-round-dragon-garment-district-afinelyne‘Dynamic’ Round Dragon, baked enamel on steel plate, 2015. On view at 39th Street and Broadway

garment-district-alliance-hung-yi-untapped-cities-afinelyne‘Fortunate’ Round Dragon next to ‘Dynamic’ Round Dragon on view at 39th Street


Dromedary Camel (above) and Bactrian Camel (below) can be found at 38th Street and Broadway



giraffe-hung-yi-fancy-animal-carnival-untapped-cities-afinelyneGiraffe Fortune, baked enamel on steel plate, granite, 2014 located at 37th Street and Broadway


Panda Reunion (Tuan Tuan & Yuan Yuan) located at the beginning of today’s opening ceremony at 37th Street and Broadway.

hung-yi-at-panda-reunionThe artist, Hung Yi in the center, standing with friends in front of his sculpture Panda Reunion

Ben's photo of Hung YiThe artist, Hung Yi today at his opening ceremony for The Fancy Animal Carnival


We were delighted to see the UrbanSpace Garment District outdoor food court along the pedestrian plaza, complete with outdoor tables and chairs, which runs from 37th – 38th Streets, and will be open through April 2017, extended from November.

A Fancy Animal Carnival is produced in collaboration with The Garment District Alliance, Emmanual Fremin Gallery New York, InSian Gallery Taipei, Taiwan, Orangenius, and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT).

Check out past installations by The Garment District Alliance, and our Untapped Guide to the Garment District. Take a look at the Top 10 Secrets of Times Square and Vintage Photos: The Evolution of Times Square. Take a walk over to the Grace building and view “Beauties“. You can contact the author at AFineLyne.

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