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Lunar New Year lanterns coming to South Granville neighbourhood

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South Granville Plaza features eight large lanterns designed by artist Kuan-chih Su.

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.

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Winter – 立冬 Lidong – 19th solar term. Flower: poinsettia, white plum, pink plum; Window grilles: snowflake.

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.

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Spring – 立春 Lichun – 1st solar term. Flower: tulips; Window grilles: winter jasmine.

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.

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Summer – 立夏 Lixia – 7th solar term. Flower: lotus, lily; Window grilles: zongzi (sticky rice dumpling), standing eggs.

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.

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Autumn – 立秋 Liqiu – 13th solar term. Flower: maple, silver grass; Window grilles: moon.

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Artist Kuan-chih Su’s designs are on lanterns at South Granville Plaza.

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