Being absent for three years, Hualien International Stone Sculpture Festival will be taken place again from 1 to 31 July this year. The event has been held for ten times and it has been more than twenty years since Hualien County organized the first festival in 1995. All the events have not only won a good reputation and brand of excellent arts and literature for Eastern Taiwan, but also accumulated more than one hundred huge outdoor masterpieces to provide residents and travelers with idyllically cultural enjoyment, made the art of stone sculpture in Hualien famous all around the world and turned it to be an important local-art asset.
The theme of the eleventh “Hualien International Stone Sculpture Festival” is “The Grand Stone Era” which continues the thematic spirit of the tenth counterpart “Arts Eastward”, while the purpose consists in returning to the original creation-spirit, creating concepts and leading the current of the time. Though stone carving is a traditional art, it never means out-of-date, and it can also become timeless with never fading charm when we keep on explicating and expounding its classical values. It is supposed that “creation” is not token or way-out but should be built within the aesthetic order and connotation as well as follow the pulse of the time and catch up with the time spirit, so as to manifest the contemporary position and meaning of “stone carving art”.
The event has played a role to be the connecting platform between “stone sculpture” and “the world”, which means not only to build up an excellent creation space for the preeminent artists around the world, but also let the world see the beauty of Hualien and let the quintessence of the world’s stone sculpture be collected in Hualien so that the residents would know and appreciate its connotation.
Chen Shu-mei, Secretary of Hualien County Cultural Affairs Bureau