Warships set sail at Pacific Centre
Hung Chuan-Jui designed and built a Taoist temple in Taiwan, but the Toronto-based architect and artist also has a passion for creating elaborate model military vessels from beech wood. “Nowadays, people do not have the chance to see the details of warships, especially from ancient Rome,” Hung tells the Georgia Straight by phone from Hogtown. Over the past 40 years, he’s made dozens of boats spanning the ages. As part of Telus TaiwanFest, Hung will display two ancient Chinese-style and Roman-style vessels at Pacific Centre from Saturday to Monday (August 31 to September 2). Each took two years to construct. Hung’s love of the water is reflected in his cruise ship (above), which is a smaller replica of one owned by Emperor Yang of Sui of China. He’ll speak about this at 1 p.m. in room 302 of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday (September 1).