Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chinatown Square Zodiacs



Chinatown Square Zodiacs, 1993
2100 South Archer Avenue

            Chinatown Square is the reclamation of 45 acres form a former railroad yard. Constructed in 1993, it hosts a two-tier outdoor retail and commercial space with a variety of restaurants and shops. Around the open square, twelve bronze sculptures of animals of the Chinese zodiac sit upon individual pedestals. Each statue was sponsored by private donors who contributed to the Chinese Museum’s endowment fund and the works were commissioned to the Xiamen University Art Department in Xiamen, Fujian, People’s Republic of China.  The square is often used for celebrations and cultural events. At this well-known meeting point, it is not uncommon to hear someone tell a friend to “meet me by” one of the zodiac animals.

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