The Rooster Guardian
Lunar New Year and the Rooster have an inseparable relationship. In Mandarin the gender-neutral “chicken” and “home” or “family” sound very similar; serving a whole chicken for New Year dinner is symbolic of a family reunion and, like the fruit mandarin, is also a symbol for good luck.
This piece elevates the symbolism to its highest point: the Rooster as a Guardian. A fierce vitality is expressed in the extension of the rooster’s body, growing as a flower following a Spring rain.
The chicks’ awakening to the rooster’s crow at sunrise is one of vitality and cohesion – it is the spirit and attitude of the Taiwanese people.
New Year “Dao”
This piece is set to a New Year’s celebration in the Taiwan of the 1970’s, when every household would affix the characters “Spring” and “Fortune” upside-down. In Mandarin, the act of inverting something in this way is called “Dao”, a homonym for “has arrived”. As such, the ancient Han tradition of posting these characters upside-down is a way of wishing for both springtime and fortune – New Year “Dao”.
In the Taiwanese-Hakka culture, the most symbolic icon is the oil-paper umbrella. In addition to its visual appeal, the oil-paper umbrella is representative of unification, completion, and often of having many healthy children due to the homonyms “paper” and “child” in the Hakka language. Our work uses the metaphor of the child, with the appearance of an arch shape to form an abstract house. Together these elements identify a home and the concept of unity.
The life is your stage. Shine on your runway.
Our lantern is made of glossy paper. It can not only be charming, but also reflect what is around it to make people see themselves and think about what kind of life they want to live. Litter chicks are like the hope for the future – they have infinite possibilities to make their own life. They follow the majestic rooster and move forward. The rooster leads you to create your own runway to reflect the real you for yourself to see.
A combination of traditional Eastern and contemporary Western paper-cutting ingenuity, GEE leads the audience in an exploration of Asian countries. The square body, surrounded by New Year celebrations across Asia, depicts a continuous flow and pattern using level and lighting changes. The colourful acrylic showcases a festive atmosphere of joy. We hope that our unique twist on the traditional lantern inspires viewers to even more beauty and diversity.
An inheritance itself is a type of recycling, to find new values in an old treasure. Here a rooster symbolizes the bravery of the elders in recognition of their duty to defend the family. The chickens will inherit this responsibility and bring it forth to the next generation while the rooster announces the arrival of a new day; a new beginning. All these elements constitute a symbol for inheritance, the bond of family, a continuous passage of time, and a spiritual immortality.
This piece integrates the Asian cultural and religious significance of the mobile shrine with traditional characteristics of China and Japan to elevate this year’s mascot, the Rooster.
Golden Rooster Brings Happiness
Adapting the Japanese folk story of the crane that brings happiness, this piece is designed with the appearance of a roly-poly and Lucky Cat in mind. With its right hand clinging to a large gold coin bearing the character for “happiness”, the rooster brings both wealth and joy at the same time.