In July 2011, the HQ Bank of Taipei chose illustrator Gordon Wiebe as the headlining artist for its annual Fubon [Very Fun Art] Art Festival. Organized by Fubonart a non-profit wing of the bank, the festival runs for two months and features 80 artist installations in local Taipei businesses and shops. The theme this year was “Light Up!” and Gordon’s piece, titled Joy Explosion!, was featured on the 25-story skyscraper that’s home to the bank’s head office at the center of Taipei’s arts district—it will remain there for a year. Gordon’s art was featured on festival maps, T-shirts, fans, watches, buttons and stickers and a tile-painting workshop for kids allowed burgeoning artists to paint their own versions of his characters onto take-home souvenirs.
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