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The Pentatonic Rooster

The Pentatonic Rooster Lantern is inspired by traditional Chinese instruments and the five-note pentatonic musical scale

Its body is a gong, its head is a cymbal, its wattle a bell, its beak and leg are flutes, its feet are piccolos and panpipes form its comb. These roosters symbolize the continuity of Chinese tradition in the spiritual home of Chinese New Year, Chinatown.

About the Artist
Tianli Zu was born in Beijing and now lives in Sydney. She has exhibited extensively in Australia and China and her work captures experiences of places and cultures through intuitive and metaphysical means.

The Rooster Lantern narrates stories about time and space poetically through music. The award-winning young composer, Australian-born Chinese, Andrew Zhou, has collaborated with his mother Tianli Zu to compose the music for this artwork. Viewers are invited to participate by hitting the gong.

Don’t miss Tianli Zu’s Ox Lantern at Circular Quay, artist talk at Surry Hills Library and papercutting workshop at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The Zodiac symbol of The Rooster can be characterised as:
Honest, energetic and intelligent. Roosters love diversity. They are inherently optimistic and have their beaks pointed towards the future.

The Pentatonic Rooster lantern is presented by AYAM.



Every day, all day

Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February 2017


Dixon Street, Haymarket, New South Wales, Australia
Dixon Street Mall, Chinatown



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