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Lunar Lantern: The Horse

Artist Qian Jian Hua reimagines the Horse symbol for a modern, Sydney audience

Produced by the City of Sydney

Inspired by the famous chariots unearthed alongside the terracotta warriors of Xi’an, artist Qian Jian Hua reimagines the Horse symbol for a modern Sydney audience. Acknowledging China’s long military history, the Horse lantern depicts ancient war horses leading a chariot.

About the artist

Qian Jian Hua was born in Nanjing and came to Australia in 1991 as a visiting scholar. He now lives and works in Sydney, and his sculptures have been displayed in many major exhibitions in Australia.

The Zodiac symbol of The Horse can be characterised as adaptable, loyal and courageous. The always active Horse stands tall in the crowd.

Explore the 12 Lunar Lanterns at Circular Quay during the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.

The Horse Lantern facts:

Re-imagined for a modern, Sydney audience.
Acknowledges China’s long military history.
The Horse lantern is inspired by the Terracotta Warriors.

The Lunar Lanterns will be illuminated from dusk each day, however they can be viewed in daylight.



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Friday 16 February to Sunday 25 February 2018




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