Temporary Street Art: Mobile Projector Paints Hong Kong with Modern Chinese Zodiac

Three years after
decorating Paris with smartly-dressed animals,
artist Julien
is back with a project that temporarily adorns the
streets of Hong Kong with his own modern version of the Chinese
Zodiac. Founding member of creative studio Le3, Nonnon walks
the streets of cities around the world with a mobile projector
for a series he calls ‘Street Mapping.’ Ordinary building
facades and other urban surfaces light up with imagery,
captivating passersby for a few brief moments before

The traditional Chinese zodiac features twelve animals: ox,
tiber, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster,
dog, pig and rat. For this ‘Urban Safari’ series, Nonnon
transformed each sign into an anthropomorphized character in
contemporary clothing, each animal interpreted in various ways.

Many of the animals are holding cell phones or shopping bags,
sipping coffee or gazing contemplatively out onto the city
below. Some stand as high as six or seven stories, looking like
phantoms wavering against the darkened facades of tall
buildings. Nonnon doesn’t reveal his methods, only saying he
developed his own tools to bring his work to life.

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