A 40-metre golden dragon appeared in the Jinshawang Square across from the Shilong Xincheng government offices. Glittering under the reflection of the clear sky, many people pose for photos to post on their Weibo or Wechat. This is the fifth “Chinese Dragon Folk Culture Festival” exhibition and will feature giant dragon lanterns.
The giant dragon is almost done, but actually in the final stages of completion and will be officially unveiled in Jinshawang Square on 16th June.
“The First Light”
At 40 metres long and 6.5 metres high the Dragon will be illuminated from within, just like a lantern, and puff smoke. The creation is originally from Zigong City in Sichuan, which is one of China’s intangible cultural heritage sites known for creating lanterns and for being the origin of “The First Light”.
The production work began mid-May with the Dragon base and skeleton appearing first and then slowly covered with paper dressing. The coating is highly water resistant and will generally not be affected by light rains. Only a heavier downpour would create a risk to the electrical lighting system, and as such an occurrence is not entirely unexpected, safety procedures have been put in place just in case the weather suddenly turns. Construction should be completed by 14th June with the exhibit to formally open on 16th and remain open until 30th June.
128 paintings by teenagers on display.
The Dragon exhibit will be accompanied by works of art from Shi Long teenagers competing in a dragon painting competition. Eight “Xiangyun Columns”, each 4 metres tall, will display a number of lanterns decorated with the 128 paintings.
(Source: Dongguan Today)
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