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Lunar Lantern: The Rat

Where
World Square
World Square
644 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
When

Every day, all day Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Cost

Free

Intelligent, adaptable and social, the quick-witted Rat cannot let and opportunity to prosper pass by.

In Chinese culture, the Rat is a symbol of wealth and surplus and gold is a prestigious colour, signifying luck and prosperity. Reminiscent of 1950s sci-fi robots, each animatronic rat has a wind-up key in its back and the Chinese symbol for good luck spinning on its chest. Depicting them as wind-up toys suggests their busy, inquisitive, industrious nature.

About the artist

Claudia Chan Shaw is an artist, author and designer for fashion label Vivian Chan Shaw. Her diverse career encompasses photography, curating, broadcasting and lecturing. She was co-host of the ABC's popular TV program Collectors.

Lunar Tour

Find these magnificent giant artworks on the Lunar Tour.

The free, self-guided tour is available in the Sydney Culture Walks app. Download from the App Store or on Google Play now.

Listen to an audio description of this lantern.

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