Lunar Lanterns

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Kids pat a glowing pig lantern.
Photograph: Katherine Griffiths

Take a nighttime wander and find your zodiac animal among the illuminated sculptures

Visitors to Circular Quay during February's Lunar New Year celebrations will see giant animal lanterns representing the creatures of the zodiac dotted around the harbour. Each one has been designed by an Asian-Australian artist, measures up to 13 metres in height and is best seen after dusk when lit up in full, vibrant colour.

Bring the whole family and get up close to these magnificent, giant artworks. You can make an evening of it by following the path from the Sydney Opera House to the Rocks, discovering all 12 lanterns along the way before heading to Chinatown for a spicy feast in honour of the celebrations.

We'll see some of last year's glowing figures return, as well as four new lanterns. The piggy headliner will be an abstract, three-dimensional pig-shaped grid created by Qian Jian Hua. It will stand at the Opera House's Western Broadwalk. Louise Zhang has produced a towering wall of monkeys; Pamela See has crafted a paper cut-style sheep; and Laurens Tan will reveal a six-metre inflatable ox.

And in the Year of the Pig, which represents carefree fun, good fortune and wealth, we can be sure to see a few extra lucky oinkers. We'll also see an amazing centrepiece made up of more than 1000 individual silk lanterns in the heart of Chinatown.

The Lunar Lanterns are exhibited for the entirety of the festival, from February 1-10.

By: Time Out editors


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