Lunar New Year 2019 – The Horse

Four hourses in multicoloured yellow, red and green blocks are in the background, arranged as a chariot, which children could climb into. In the background is the massive Sydney Opera House and the water

Artist Qian Jian Hua was born in Nanjing and came to Australia in 1991 as a visiting scholar and now lives in Sydney. “Inspired by the famous chariots unearthed alongside the terracotta warriors of Xi’an, artist Qian Jian Hua reimagines the Horse symbol for a modern Sydney audience. Acknowledging China’s long military history, the Horse lantern depicts ancient war horses leading a chariot…. The Zodiac symbol of the Horse can be characterised as adaptable, loyal and courageous. The always active Horse stands tall in the crowd.”

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