Amazing race - Lunar Lantern in Sydney 2020
Let's explore Lunar Lantern Display around Sydney
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This glowing tower of nine, 2.8m tall, gold robotic rats speaks of great fortune for the Year of the Rat.
In Chinese culture, the Rat is a symbol of wealth and surplus and gold is a prestigious colour, signifying luck and prosperity. It also reflects 2020 as the year of the Metal Rat. Reminiscent of 1950s sci-fi robots, each animatronic rat has a wind-up key in its back and the Chinese symbol for good luck spinning on its chest. Depicting them as wind-up toys suggests their busy, inquisitive, industrious nature.
First Fleet Park
Laurens Tan’s Ox lantern brings together two cyphers in Chinese heritage, the Ox and the Scholar Rock, emanating as one in a symbolic surge of strength and knowledge.
Loyal, reliable and strong, the determined Ox is always diligent.
The impressive pink Pig lantern by Qian Jian Hua (Justin) first lit up the western boardwalk of the Sydney Opera House as the hero of last year’s celebration of the Year of The Pig.
Delicate and airy appearance, a deconstructed three-dimensional grid has been carved out to form an abstract silhouette of a pig.
Overseas Passenger Terminal
Brought to life by hundreds of egg-shaped glowing lights draped on a metal frame, the Rooster lantern symbolises the idea that many parts can combine to create a beautiful and unique whole.
The design is inspired by Sydney’s many thriving communities – with each light representing a unique voice, story, or idea. Together, they show that diversity and inclusion can create a beautiful powerful force which shapes our sense of belonging and identity.
East Circular Quay
The physical allure of the snake is explored in its sinuous form.
Inspired by the traditional art of Chinese kite-making, this golden snake flies above the public, representing prosperity and wealth.
The artists have also featured the Chinese happiness symbols in the eyes as a symbol of good fortune for the coming year.
Artist Song Ling’s mysterious dog is painted in bright primary colours.
Floating between past, present and future, it casts its bright, inquisitive eyes upon the world, stopping only to hold up things of importance, so that we might be reminded of their spiritual value.
Circular Quay West
The Electric Sheep is a nod to a Philip K Dick sci fi novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’.
It takes inspiration from the ancient art of applying paper cut designs to lanterns that dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Visitors can walk beneath the 2.5m tall sheep. Its rounded horns are a reference to Australia’s merino sheep.
East Circular Quay
Taking on a robotic form, the Horses are embellished with vibrant Korean flowers and patterns including the dancheong which is found on traditional Korean wooden buildings. The magnificent Horse lanterns make reference to traditional totem poles that identify village boundaries and serves as protective guardians. With an illuminated beating heart, the pair of 6m tall Horses are designed as modern guardians for the Lunar New Year.
Taking inspiration from the popular ‘White Rabbit’ candy, the Rabbit Lantern is reminiscent of sweet childhood memories, fun and play, indulgence and treats.
Taking colourful candy packaging as a cue, this playful 5m tall Rabbit Lantern is inspired by the ancient art of Chinese paper-folding. The concept is a nod to Liang and Lu’s humble childhood when they did not have the luxury of owning toys but cherished the folded paper forms their parents would fashion for them out of their favourite candy wrapper
East Circular Quay
Marvel at Louise Zhang’s impressive 8 metre tall monkey tower. Located at Cadman’s Cottage.
Colourful, playful monkeys balance on top of each other, and juggle small glowing peaches, with a large golden peach at the top – the peach representing long life.
110 George St
Bearing the sign for “King” on it’s forehead the majestic lion lantern inspires absolute awe.
Don’t miss the opportunity for a photo with this biggest of the big cats during Sydney Lunar Festival.
In the zodiac, tiger is a born leader and can be characterised as enthusiastic, courageous and ambitious. In Chinese culture, the tiger is admired for its prowess, ferocity and beauty. The dynamic tiger embodies the spirit and drive to achieve and make progress. It represents the greatest earthly powers and protection over human life.
112 George St
Artist Guan Wei’s Loong (Dragon) is a fantastic being of immense power and mysticism, and the emblem of Chinese culture.
In this lantern, a little boy retrieves a jewel from Loong’s mouth, enabling Loong to spit water and bring rain to the land. Symbols on each side of Loong signify a relationship with local Australian culture.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
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