Chinese Contemporary Lantern
The Chinese Lantern installation was centred around the notion of traditional vs. contemporary, hence the design was adapted from the traditional Chinese festive lantern.
There is a wealth of symbolism and motifs of contemporary China woven throughout the installation. All components of the
contemporary lantern symbolise an aspect of the Chinese culture:
• The individual designs on the 5 disks resemble different aspects of society. (Love, Peace, Health, Harmony, Happiness)
• In Chinese philosophy, 5 is lucky number and is believed to bring good fortune, hence there is only 5 disks.
• The yellow string symbolises the ‘String of Fate’, which is believed to control the destiny of individuals.
• The colour ‘yellow’ symbolises neutrality and good luck.
• The colour ‘red’ also symbolises luck and is believed to ward off evil spirits.
• The elaborate knot hanging from the bottom is also culturally expected to ward off evil spirits or act as a good luck charm for