According to Chinese tradition, tigers signify bravery and energy. They are known as the ‘king of beasts’. The symbol marked on its forehead is as same as a Chinese character meaning power and authority. The movement of the tiger symbolises independence, self-esteem, vigour, strength, and optimism. This tiger depicts a young, happy, playful and optimistic animal, in contrast to the usual perception of tigers as ferocious creatures. The tiger consists of several traditional Chinese elements that symbolise good fortune: ancient Chinese coins; plum blossom; auspicious clouds; and the Chinese character ‘Wang’ sits on a lotus flower. These metaphorical and beautiful patterns reflect the characteristics of the tiger: helping others, take responsibility, being content, strive for perfection, being wealthy, healthy body and mind, and has many friends. Red is the dominant colour of the tiger. Red has cultural significance in traditional Chinese culture – it symbolises luck, happiness and joy. Red represents vitality and celebration. It is also considered to be fashionable and modern in contemporary society. The Lunar New Year celebration provides a wonderful opportunity for all members of the community to celebrate in harmony. This depiction of the tiger manifests the continuity of traditional Chinese culture while recognising the impact and transformative effect of rapid technological changes. The tiger’s figure is composed of a combination of papercuts by hand and digital manipulation. Years of the Tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022.
According to Chinese tradition, ancient Chinese coins symbolise harmony. The round shape represents heaven and the square represents Earth. A single coin is placed on the tiger’s body – suggesting to move forward will bring good fortune and wealth.
2022 is Water Tiger. The spiral water pattern is a nourishing element. It is often meaning light, and glory. It represents the journey of life as it unfolds. It also reflects Willoughby city’s scenic waterways.
A butterfly bears on tiger’s eyes. According to folklore, the butterfly admires the tiger’s bravery, and the tiger admires its liveliness. They represent the wholeness of small and big, soft and strong.
Plum blossom is a sign of spring. It symbolises perseverance and hope, as well as beauty, purity, and the transformation of life.
The Chinese character Wang means to rule the world. It symbolises a command to avoid evil and try to seek for good luck, protection, auspiciousness and safety. The Lotus flower symbolises purity, enlightenment, growth and rebirth. It has been composed on the tiger’s forehead to redefine that its leadership is rooted in humanity.