Under the theme of "Sleeping 'Ae:em", the artist Chen Hsiangfu created a giant pangolin with white scales lying asleep in the fallow land in Hengshan Mountain, Hsinchu, where wild pangolins are often found. Set against the scenery of larch forests and the Pek Kong (Earth God) Temple, this sculpture is intended to attract the public to linger during the art festival, and raise public awareness to the issue of conservation at the same time.
In Taiwan's mountain myths and superstitions, the pangolin, which is active in the low-elevation mountains, plays multiple roles. In aboriginal stories, the pangolin is characterized as a young man who loves to sleep in his bed. In the Han Chinese version, it’s a golden mythical animal that helps farmers turn over the soil. In the international smuggling market, the superstitious belief that their beautiful scales can invigorate blood circulation, unfortunately, has directly brought a curse to the pangolin community in the past 20 years. From once being a pangolin poaching nation, Taiwan is now becoming an important conservation base due to the rising awareness of pangolin protection.