An enormous sculpture of a tiger has taken shape in the heart of Manchester this week.
The massive beast has been installed at St Ann’s Square as part of the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations.
The tiger is surrounded by red lanterns that have been hung in the trees around the square.
Manchester city centre will be filled with celebrations between 1 and 6 February as we ring in the Lunar New Year.
This year is the Year of the Tiger, and according to the Chinese zodiac, people born in this year are predicted to be brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident.
The sculpture itself has been commissioned by Manchester BID and created by Decordia Events, and is brand new for 2022.
The installation is a structural take on the traditional tiger, made from wood and recycled corrugated plastic.
Its origami-like structure creates an illusion for passers-by – it looks fragile and weak but actually stands strong and towers overhead – even withstanding the battering from Storm Corrie this week,
The tiger’s inner structure also matches the stripes and markings of a real tiger, casting shadows at night with surrounding lights.
You can see the huge beast now at St Ann’s Square in Manchester city centre.
Elsewhere in the city there’ll be live performances, workshops, street food, stalls, a funfair, traditional lion dances, exhibitions, Chinese acrobatics, singing, poem reading, and Kung Fu across the city.
The heart of the action will, of course, be Manchester’s beautiful Chinatown.
You can read our full guide to Chinatown here.
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