Thursday, 9 February 2017

Customs House Square, Lunar Lanterns, Rat

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around Circular Quay to celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Rooster. Many of the lanterns were seen around the city last year but some of them have been changed this year. This Rat lantern has been installed in Customs House Square, in front of Customs House. The six metre high by lantern was created by Guo Jian and is inspired by his experience of moving to Australia and being embraced and supported by the Sydney LGBTI community. The Zodiac symbol of the Rat can be characterised as intelligent, adaptable and social. The quick-witted Rat cannot let an opportunity to prosper pass them by. The Chinese characters symbolise "Love".


  1. Interesting contrast. Colorful and playful in the foreground; subdued and stately in the background.

  2. That is very cool and unusual! I like it!

  3. Replies
    1. Not in this one, Hels. There are 12 lanterns around Circular Quay featuring the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, including the Rooster at the Opera House which I featured earlier in the week.

  4. Now that is one colorful sign for Chinese New Year.

  5. Such an interesting photo. I am glad to notice the Chinese literature in their back, LOVE.

  6. I agree with my friend Penelope (above) — the juxtaposition of stately and playful works very well here.
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  7. Another cool installation! They make rats looks cute. #OurWorldTuesday


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