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Lunar Lantern – The Monkey

Laurens Tan’s three wise Monkeys return in 2017 to Circular Quay.

Produced by the City of Sydney

The three wise Monkeys, who see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, look towards the pencil, which is mightier than the sword.

The Monkey lantern continues Tan’s playful exploration of Chinese linguistics and symbolism, and developments in CAD technology. Each Monkey stands five 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, Laurens came to Australia in 1962, where he still resides. 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 five metres tall, 3 metres long and 3.8 metres wide
  • The Monkey took a dedicated team of nine 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 Monkey lantern is presented by 7 News.



Every day, all day

Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February 2017

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


First Fleet Park, The Rocks, New South Wales, Australia



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