The zodiac heads have caused controversies since their installment and were spray-painted at one time mainly because their donor is Jackie Chen
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum finished removing the 12 Chinese zodiac heads,
a gift from Chinese actor Jackie Chan, from the pedestals on the plaza in front of the entrance of the museum on Monday.
The zodiac heads have caused controversy since their installment and were spray-painted at one time because Chan, the donor, is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a national level political advisory body in the People’s Republic of China.
A team led by Pu Hao-ming, professor of Fine Art Department, Chinese Culture University, began removing the artwork at 10 a.m.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators Hsu Chih-chieh and Tsai Yi-yu came to the site to show their concern. They said Chan donated the zodiac heads as a means of political warfare and that original creations should have been installed instead. [FULL STORY]