Traditional art given a modern twist at Harbour City

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2008, 12:00am

Chinese calligraphy has long been a part of the Lunar New Year celebrations.

In celebration of the Year of the Rat, Harbour City is exhibiting The Taste of Tao - David Chan Contemporary Calligraphy Exhibition at Gallery by the Harbour.

The theme is 'chaos, taste and Tao'. Chaos is representative of beginning of the universe while the Year of the Rat is the beginning of the Chinese horoscope cycle.

Instead of writing his calligraphy in traditional black ink, Chan decided to feature coloured ink known as 'Cai Mo'.

At the launch of the exhibition on Sunday, Chan wrote five-foot-tall Chinese characters 'wei' (taste) and 'tao' in soy sauce.

Since 2002, Harbour City has commissioned Chan to create a one-of-a-kind design symbolising the animal of the year for Harbour City.

This year, Chan has created a design symbolising the rat which is also on display at the exhibition.

Chan's exhibition is now showing at Gallery by the Harbour, Level 2, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, until February 3. Admission is free.