The Sheep Lunar Lantern takes the form of a giant Merino ram. The Merino is an Australian icon, immortalised in Goulburn’s Big Merino, the jolly jumbuck in the song Waltzing Matilda, Tom Roberts’ painting Shearing the Rams and the logo for Golden Fleece petrol.
This majestic, woolly character is kindhearted and noble, and as can be seen from his impeccable appearance, has excellent taste.
About the artist
Alexandra Sommer and Brad Clark are graduates of NIDA who have collaborated on 7 consecutive Chinese New Year celebrations with the City of Sydney. They have designed parade floats, costumes and delivered such projects as the Dragon Ball at Town Hall in 2012. They have worked on the Lunar Lanterns exhibition since it began in 2016.
The zodiac symbol of the Sheep can be characterised as tasteful, warm and intuitive. The sensitive Sheep offers a quiet life of creativity and compassion.
Explore the 12 Lunar Lanterns at Circular Quay during the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.
The Lunar Lanterns will be illuminated from dusk each day, however they can be viewed in daylight.