Nancy Liang and Fiona Lu : The Rabbit Lantern

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Why did you make this work:
We were commissioned by the City of Sydney to design the concept and artwork for The Rabbit Lantern for The Sydney Lunar Festival 2020. The Rabbit is one of 12 animals of the Lunar Zodiac represented as a large-scale illuminated sculptural installation in an outdoor display that celebrates a centuries-old tradition of Chinese Lanterns with a contemporary twist.

How was the illustration used:
The artwork of and on The Rabbit is a reflection of our Chinese cultural experiences of growing up in Sydney. Our concept is a nod to our humble childhood, where we did not have the luxury of owning toys but cherished the folded paper forms our parents would fashion for us out of our favourite wrappers from candies, such as the ‘White Rabbit’ candy, during the Lunar New Year.

How did you make this work:
While the collaged artwork on the lantern is an ode to the treat we loved as children, it also serves as a map of it's site at Circular Quay. Elements of the White Rabbit wrapper such as it's blues, reds, whites were used, and stripes divide land and ocean. Handmade paper rabbits leap weaving in and out of roads, and well known sites such as the Sydney Opera House are tagged in paper cut Chinese.

Commissioner Company :
City of Sydney
Commissioned for:
Sydney Lunar Festival 2020

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Nancy Liang is primarily a collage artist who uses uses drawing, paper cutouts and animation to explore Australian urban landscapes, while Fiona Lu is an interdisciplinary artist that explores the 'in-between' of Chinese and Australian culture through her art practice. 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.