Emerging artists Nancy Liang and Fiona Lu’s fun Rabbit Lantern is inspired by playful childhood memories of the popular White Rabbit candy. Taking colourful candy packaging as a cue, this 5m tall Rabbit Lantern emulates the ancient art of Japanese Origami and Chinese paper-folding.
The concept is a nod to the artist’s humble childhood when they did not have the luxury of owning toys but cherished the folded paper forms their parents would fashion for them out of their favourite candy wrappers.
Just as the artists’ childhood imaginations ran wild, bringing miniature origami animals to life, this larger than life Rabbit Lantern is certain captivate and excite not only children but the young at heart.
About the artist Fiona Lu is an interdisciplinary artist that explores the 'in-between' of Chinese and Australian culture through her art practice, while Nancy Liang is primarily a collage artist who uses uses drawing, paper cutouts and animation to explore Australian urban landscapes. Collaborating together, both Australian born Chinese artists integrate their Chinese cultural experiences of growing up in Sydney. They explore icons of childhood nostalgia through re-imagined forms that spring to life.
You can enjoy Nancy Liang and Fiona Lu’s Rabbit Lantern at East Circular Quay (South) between the trees.
This is part of the Lunar Lantern walk which follows the Circular Quay foreshore, from Cadman’s Cottage to Sydney Opera House.