Lantern festival 2020

The Lantern Festival is part of the Chinese new year. 2020 was the year of the Rat. The event also coincides with the blossoming of the Japanese Sakura or Cherry Blossom flower. 

For this project I decided that we should build a version of Sakura Hime, the Japanese goddess of the Sakura flower to place in our local Park who's cherry trees would be blossoming during the lantern festival. 

This project was created with help from the local community. 

My Role was to design and oversee the lantern festival parade. I built the bamboo head and face of the goddess and built the bamboo body and arms along with one other artist. Volunteers helped with any fabric and decorating of the float. 

I also made a rat style costume out of recycled materials for the event. 

Process