This year, a popular Vancouver shopping district will celebrate the incoming Year of the Dragon with public art. Taiwanese-born artist Kuan-chih Su has created a series of vibrant illustrations, entitled Peace & Prosperity for Life, that reflect the four seasons.
His images are on eight lanterns from February 9 to 29 at South Granville Plaza East at the corner of Granville Street and West 14th Avenue in Vancouver.
The South Granville BIA collaborated on this project with LNY Splash, which presents public art in high-profile Vancouver locations. In addition, LNY Splash will present seven films from Asia at the VIFF Centre from February 16 to 18.
Su says that his illustrations were inspired by the moon and they incorporate 24 solar terms of the traditional Chinese calendar. He’s included flowers and plants behind Asian-style decorative window grilles. Moreover, Su asks anyone looking at the images if they can spot the moon.
The artist was able to connect to Canada through an internship opportunity. And in this country, Su learned that facing his challenges provided a sense of accomplishment and involvement, which enhanced his capacity as a storyteller and creator.
“His signature shape is the triangle, and going to space and soaring through the stars is one of his ‘Mission Impossible’ goals,” the LNY Splash website declares.