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Lunar Lantern: The Ox

Where
453 George St
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia
Cnr Market and George Streets
When

Every day, all day Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Cost

Free

Loyal, reliable and strong, the determined Ox is always diligent. 

Having grown up in her parent’s Chinese takeaway shop, Chrissy Lau was inspired by the familiarity of the Japanese Maneki-neko beckoning cat which has been adopted into Chinese culture. 

Each ox is adorned with an endless knot necklace to symbolise good luck and features a waving arm to summon people to receive their lucky red packets.

The mixture of traditional Chinese patterns and contemporary colours on the ox lantern symbolises Australia’s multicultural society.

The design is also a nod to the unique upbringing of Asian-Australian children who grew up in their parent’s restaurants and businesses.

About the artist

Chrissy Lau is an award-winning Chinese artist based in Sydney. Her illustrations are inspired by her heritage and are instantly recognisable by her signature delicate lines, masses of flowing hair and intricate patterns. 

She creates mesmerising intriguing art through patterns and lines that hold deeper symbolism and cultural integrity – in a nutshell she’s east meets west.

Chrissy illustrates with a strong understanding of her heritage which has enabled her to create authentic bespoke designs for the Royal Australian Mint, Australia Post, Guernsey Post and a suite of commercial clients.

Chrissy also designed the 2012 Year of the Dragon campaign for the City of Sydney.

Lunar Tour

Find these magnificent giant artworks on the Lunar Tour.

The free, self-guided tour is available in the Sydney Culture Walks app. Download from the App Store or on Google Play now.

Listen to an audio description of this lantern.

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