Xintiandi's new installation celebrates the Year of the Dog - SHINE

Xintiandi's new installation celebrates the Year of the Dog

The 5-meter-tall main installation was inspired by artist David Flores' pet dog named Tomodachi. 
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Visitors pose with the main bulldog installation at Xintiandi.

Shanghai Xintiandi released a New Year art installation at the South Block Plaza today, created by American artist David Flores to celebrate the Year of the Dog.

The 5-meter-tall main installation, which is shaped like a red bulldog, was inspired by the artist’s pet dog named Tomodachi. 

He chose bright red as the dominant tone to represent the bulldog’s outburst of enthusiasm and the festive atmosphere of the coming Chinese Lunar New Year. He said he used a stained glass technique to create the artwork.

The food plate of the bulldog is equipped with an LED inductor. When couples hug and kiss, the installation will light up.

The exhibition will run till March 5. During the weeklong Spring Festival holiday which runs from February 15 to 21, traditional dragon and lion dance and other cultural events will be presented. 

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