LANTERN ART CHALLENGE

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A Lantern

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In Chinese culture, different colors represent different meanings, and the color choices in some of our lantern displays conforms to these traditions. For example, the color red is a symbol of good fortune and happiness, the color yellow represents power and prosperity, and green stands for eco-friendliness and harmony.

How do you interpret different colors? What are your favorite color combinations? Show us and color one (or all) of the lanterns here!

We will continue to add new lantern pictures, so please check back here for more coloring options!

Angel’s Wings

This angel wing display is inspired by the Global Angel Wings Project first launched in Los Angeles in 2012. Angel wings of different shapes and colors have been painted around the city, and people began posing with the wings and began sharing their photos on social media. This street art was created to remind people that “we are the angels of Earth.”

With these illuminated and color changing wings, we hope to achieve the same message.

Asian Dragon

In Asian culture, dragons are seen as a symbol of imperial power and good luck, and instead of breathing fire, Chinese dragons are believed to be able to control the sea and rainfall.

Love Swan

Swans are symbols of grace and beauty. In ancient Chinese culture, they also stand for pure love and fidelity, because they are known to mate for life. While swans may symbolize different things in other cultures, their presence is always regarded as positive.

For this reason, they have been popular subjects in many artworks, including our lanterns. Lots of details and decorative patterns are added to the bodies of these swans, and it’s up to you to decide how they should be illuminated with colors!

Chameleon

This chameleon has been on tour in many cities in the United States as part of our Endangered Animals-themed lanterns.

Chameleons can be found mostly in the rainforest or desert areas in Africa. This lantern is inspired by the Lesser chameleon, which is listed as endangered and only found in Madagascar.

Chameleons are best known for their ability to change the colors of their skin, so we encourage you to color not just one, but two or three (or even more) different versions of this chameleon.

We will make the chameleon lantern change colors just like a real one!

Family of Owls

The use of owls in art can be traced back to the earliest times in China. Owls are regarded as helpful and friendly in Chinese culture because they prey on rats and other small animals that may damage farms.

Owls are nocturnal and stay awake at night, so they have naturally become a subject in our lantern making. Unlike other owls, this adorable lantern owl family glows at night, and each of them has a different color. How will you color each one?

Dancing Octopus

As part of our Endangered Animal-themed lanterns, this octopus display is created to draw attention to the beautiful creatures of the sea.

This cartoonized octopus has been a popular lantern with children and adults alike. Its contours and shape give the impression that the octopus is dancing with joy. We need your help in adding bright colors to the design to fully bring out the happiness of the dancing octopus!

Cycling Panda

Considered a national treasure, pandas are native to the mountainous areas in the southwestern part of China. With their cultural significance and adorable outlook, it’s not surprising that they are the most popular subject in lantern making.

The panda pictured here in this lantern design is personified to imitate a cyclist. While giant pandas are always black and white, they can look completely different with a cool shirt and bike!

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