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Dragons Chasing the Moon


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From December 10 2022
This luminous outdoor winter installation expands artist Karen Tam’s longstanding commitment to actively supporting Chinatown’s communities. It brings joy and lightness to the dark winter months and encourages residents and visitors to spend more time in the neighbourhood.

A family of dragons, made up of a multitude of floating panels inspired by traditional Chinese paper cutouts, are entwined with the lampposts on De La Gauchetière Street. The colourful banners combine auspicious and traditional motifs such as tigers, rabbits, dragons and other animals symbolizing biodiversity and the renewal of life. As you walk alongside the dragons, the panels change from pink to yellow to orange to red – colours associated with the Lunar New Year.

The public is taken on a journey of transformation toward a giant “dragon’s head”, at the Sun-Yat Sen Park, where three glowing rings formed by the illuminated panels are suspended overhead. Looking up, visitors see the shapes of a rabbit, cloud and moon, symbolizing the end of the Year of the Tiger and ushering in the Year of the Rabbit, with a hint of the Year of the Dragon in 2024.


An artwork by Karen Tam
Lights conception: Bruno Rafie
Made and installed by: Jack World + Raphaël Brien

A production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and the Marché de Nuit Asiatique.

This installation is presented as part of COP15 with the support of the Government of Canada and the National Arts Centre.