Monday, 13 February 2017

Chinatown, The Pentatonic Rooster

The Pentatonic Rooster is a sculpture installed along the Dixon Street pedestrian mallt in Chinatown, in the inner city suburb of Haymarket. It is inspired by traditional Chinese instruments and the five-note pentatonic musical scale. The body is a gong, the head is a cymbal, the wattle a bell, the beak and legs are flutes, the feet are piccolos and panpipes form the comb. It was created by artist Tianli Zu for the Chinese New Year Festival, who also collaborated with her composer son Andrew Zhou to compose music for this artwork. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Rooster.


  1. That is quite the beautiful combination sculpture and musical instrument.

  2. Oh my goodness- does it also makes sounds? Have a great week!

  3. So many wonderful things all over the world that we cannot see. That makes a blog so nice, not there and but you can pretend.

  4. Did you get to hear the sculpture played?

    1. The artwork lit up at night and the music played then but unfortunately I was only there during the day.

  5. Lovely sculpture.
    Have a good Mondday

    much love...

  6. Are there sounds to go with the sights? I hope so! Happy Blue Monday to you!


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