Dragon Fish

Dragon Fish, 2015, Fremont Solstice Parade Socially engaged art by Hanako O'Leary Photography by Elena Chernock

Dragon Fish, 2015, Fremont Solstice Parade

Socially engaged art by Hanako O'Leary

Photography by Elena Chernock

Dragon Fish

This on-going piece was originally performed and created as part of the 2015 Solstice Parade.

While walking the parade route, I approached audience members on the street and asked them to write down their wishes and or worries on a piece of paper. Participants then tied their wishes/ worries to the wire structure of the sculpture. The more wishes and worries I collect, the bigger the dragon grows.

In many Asian cultures, the Dragon represents the union of ying and yang. As humans, our desires or wishes motivate and propel us through life. At the same time they can cause anxiety and worry. "What if our wishes don't come true, and if they do, what new set of desires will drive us next?"

Writing down our wishes and worries, and having them sent away on the the bones of a mythical creature, this work creates a symbolic gesture. We cast off our mortal burdens as the dragon carries them off towards completion and or dissapation.