Dragon Fortune
by Artist: Hung Yi
Outside
The Asian Art Museum
San Francisco, California

You might recognize Dragon Fortune from Hung's whimsical menagerie, Fancy Animal Carnival, on view in Civic Center Plaza in the spring of 2015 -- that's when director Jay Xu fell in love with it. Grateful for the donation from Taipei's InSian Gallery, Xu is delighted by the dragon selfies proliferating across social media. He says, "Our building is historical and beautiful, but it's a little serious. The dragon offers a joyful, lighthearted counterbalance. It makes people smile." [from museum website]
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The Dragon's Eye
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(Date Published: Sunday 26 November 2017)
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The eye of the dragon bulged out and was surrounded by a black and white design.


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The Sign
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(Date Published: Sunday 26 November 2017)
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A small sign near the front of the dragon read,

Dragon Fortune
By Hung Yi (Taiwanese, b. 1970)
Enameled steel
Gift of Victor Ou, InSian Gallery, F2016.3

Dragon. Fortune. In Chinese culture, these words are associated with the celebration of the Lunar New Year and other auspicious occasions. This colorful dragon comes from a menagerie of whimsical animals by Taiwanese artist Hung Yi. These gleeful creatures embody traditional wishes for abundance and prosperity, transforming for this century by morphing decorative patterns drawn from Taiwanese folk art and Japanese textile design with pop art and children's cartoons from around the world.


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Dragon's Face
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(Date Photographed: 14:51:27 Sunday 8 October 2017)
(Date Published: Sunday 26 November 2017)
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The face of the dragon with its bursting flowers and bright colors.


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The Other Side
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(Date Photographed: 14:51:39 Sunday 8 October 2017)
(Date Published: Sunday 26 November 2017)
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A view of the other side of the dragon with Larkin street to the left and the museum entrance to the right.


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Detail Of Side
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(Date Photographed: 14:52:14 Sunday 8 October 2017)
(Date Published: Sunday 26 November 2017)
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An up close detail shot of the side of the dragon.


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Another Close Shot
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Artist: Hung Yi
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200 Larkin Street external link
San Francisco, California external link
(Date Photographed: 14:52:21 Sunday 8 October 2017)
(Date Published: Sunday 26 November 2017)
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Another close up shot, this time of the back of the dragon.


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Dragon Fortune
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Artist: Hung Yi
The Asian Art Museum external link external link
200 Larkin Street external link
San Francisco, California external link
(Date Photographed: 14:51:06 Sunday 8 October 2017)
(Date Published: Sunday 26 November 2017)
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"A hulking, psychedelic dragon painted in every color of the rainbow, from its fiery horns down to its checkered purple sneakers. Taiwanese artist Hung Yi's Dragon Fortune meshes together Taiwanese folk art, Japanese textile design, pop art and children's cartoons." [the museum website]


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