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Lunar Lantern: The Monkey

Laurens Tan’s three wise monkeys return for the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.

Produced by the City of Sydney

Laurens Tan’s three wise monkeys, who see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, look towards the pencil, which is mightier than the sword. This lantern continues Tan’s playful exploration of Chinese linguistics and symbolism. Each monkey stands 5 metres tall and is made up of more than 1,600 pattern pieces.

About the artist

Laurens Tan is an Australian sculptor and multidisciplinary artist. Born in Holland, he moved to Australia in 1962. His other recent projects have been commissioned by MAMA Albury,, Las Vegas, University of Chicago (Beijing Center) and The Opposite House, Beijing.

The Zodiac symbol of the Monkey can be characterised as quick-witted, charming and lucky. The adaptable Monkey livens up an occasion.

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

The Monkey Lantern facts:

Each Monkey stands 5 metres tall, 3 metres long and 3.8 metres wide.
The Monkey took a dedicated team of 9 people and 1,100 hours to construct.
Over 150 hours of drawing for each monkey and over 100 hours for the pencil were needed to perfect the design.
The Monkeys are made up of more than 1,600 pattern pieces to achieve the striped effect.

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



Every day, all day

Friday 16 February to Sunday 25 February 2018



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