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When you come to the Fo Guang Shan Hsi Fang Temple in San Diego, California, to worship the Buddha, in the center of the Buddhist hall, you will find a special art exhibition is being held – artist Eugene Chiang’s Lego art creation, which has become the temple’s new year art exhibition a highlight.
“Human News Agency” reported that Mr.Chiang showed his and his wife Christina’s many years of participation in temple activities in the Lego building blocks, teaching visitors to be amazed and amazed.
This exhibition, Mr. Chiang thinks, is a good opportunity to introduce Chinese culture. He exhibited seven sets of works including Hsi Fang Temple, Hsi Lai Temple, Japanese Temple, “Dragon and Lion Dance”, “Nian Story”, “Chinese New Year” and “Lantern Festival”. The scene, the warmth of the family eating the reunion dinner…he brought to life vividly and vividly under his hands.
Mr. Chiang, who has been engaged in the amateur art creation of miniature bricks for many years, said that he liked Lego bricks since he was a child. In recent years, he began to collect LEGO architectural models, and used his creativity to “build” the buildings in his heart. “All the series I create are meaningful to me. I want to use Lego to share my homeland (Taiwan) and Chinese culture with people.”
Mr. Chiang began to build the Lego model of the Western Temple in 2017. The “Hsi Fang Temple” is 70 cm long and 40 cm high, and it took him three to four months to complete. He said on his personal website that this is the first Lego building set he has created, “The inside of the Buddhist temple is more complex to build (than the outside) and takes up most of the time to build. I want to imitate the real temple. The model contains two The main prayer hall on the first floor and the kitchen and dining area on the first floor. I also added a unique golden Buddha statue and driveway fence to the outside.” Many Buddha statue parts are custom-made and painted.
He made a model of the Hsi Lai Temple in California in 2018. Under its ingenious stacking, the chestnut beams and columns, bright orange eaves and golden Buddha statues in the temple are all vivid.
In 2019, he created a model of a Japanese temple surrounded by cherry blossoms. In the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the temple is located next to the “koi fish pond”, and the garden is full of flowers.
In addition to Buddhist temples, Mr. Chiang also used Lego to build models of Taiwanese milk tea shops, Hunan restaurants, Taipei housing estates, and coffee shops. Recently, he is creating a model of an elementary school for his wife, who is an elementary school teacher.
Mr. Chiang’s Lego art exhibition at the Hsi Fang Temple will be on display until February 27 this year.