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Dragon Fortune
當代 2014年 洪易作 福龍 鋼板燒琺瑯
Date: 2014
Materials: Baked enamel on steel plate
Dimensions: H. 101 in x W. 85 D.169 in, H. 256.5 cm x W. 215.9 cm x D. 429.3 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Victor Ou, InSian Gallery
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: F2016.3
On Display: Yes
Location: Outside Building

Description

Label:

Dragon. Fortune. In Chinese culture, these words are associated with the celebration of the Lunar New Year and other auspicious occasions. This colorful dragon comes from a menagerie of whimsical animals by Taiwanese artist Hung Yi. These gleeful creatures embody traditional wishes for abundance and prosperity, transformed for this century by morphing decorative patterns drawn from Taiwanese folk art and Japanese textile design with pop art and children’s cartoons from around the world.

#HAPPYDRAGON


More Information

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If you’ve visited us recently, it’s unlikely you missed the playful creature standing sentry at our steps: a hulking, psychedelic dragon painted in every color of the rainbow, from its fiery horns down to its checkered purple sneakers. Taiwanese artist Hung Yi’s Dragon Fortune meshes together Taiwanese folk art, Japanese textile design, pop art and children’s cartoons, breathing vibrant colors and auspicious blessings right onto our doorstep.

You might recognize Dragon Fortune from Hung’s whimsical menagerie, Fancy Animal Carnival, on view in Civic Center Plaza in the spring of 2015 — that’s when director Jay Xu fell in love with it. Grateful for the donation from Taipei’s InSian Gallery, Xu is delighted by the dragon selfies proliferating across social media. He says, “Our building is historical and beautiful, but it’s a little serious. The dragon offers a joyful, lighthearted counterbalance. It makes people smile.”

Inscribed on the body are abundant Chinese expressions of good fortune, such as, “Every day brings buckets of gold.” (We’ll take it!) The dragon’s shape is fish-like, evoking Chinese folklore about carp transforming into dragons. “I believe that art can create the power and energy of happiness,” says Hung.

Bask in the positive vibes; snap a photo and join the legions who have paused for a magical moment with our #HappyDragon.


Label:

Dragon. Fortune. In Chinese culture, these words are associated with the celebration of the Lunar New Year and other auspicious occasions. This colorful dragon comes from a menagerie of whimsical animals by Taiwanese artist Hung Yi. These gleeful creatures embody traditional wishes for abundance and prosperity, transformed for this century by morphing decorative patterns drawn from Taiwanese folk art and Japanese textile design with pop art and children’s cartoons from around the world.

#HAPPYDRAGON


Expanded Label:

If you’ve visited us recently, it’s unlikely you missed the playful creature standing sentry at our steps: a hulking, psychedelic dragon painted in every color of the rainbow, from its fiery horns down to its checkered purple sneakers. Taiwanese artist Hung Yi’s Dragon Fortune meshes together Taiwanese folk art, Japanese textile design, pop art and children’s cartoons, breathing vibrant colors and auspicious blessings right onto our doorstep.

You might recognize Dragon Fortune from Hung’s whimsical menagerie, Fancy Animal Carnival, on view in Civic Center Plaza in the spring of 2015 — that’s when director Jay Xu fell in love with it. Grateful for the donation from Taipei’s InSian Gallery, Xu is delighted by the dragon selfies proliferating across social media. He says, “Our building is historical and beautiful, but it’s a little serious. The dragon offers a joyful, lighthearted counterbalance. It makes people smile.”

Inscribed on the body are abundant Chinese expressions of good fortune, such as, “Every day brings buckets of gold.” (We’ll take it!) The dragon’s shape is fish-like, evoking Chinese folklore about carp transforming into dragons. “I believe that art can create the power and energy of happiness,” says Hung.

Bask in the positive vibes; snap a photo and join the legions who have paused for a magical moment with our #HappyDragon.


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