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Hospital joins Chinese New Year celebrations

York Hospital is celebrating Chinese New Year with a vibrant display of a Chinese dragon parading in the hospital main corridor.

In celebration of Year of the Goat, the Arts in York Hospital team has marked the occasion by building a colourful Chinese dragon recycled from used and found materials, cartons and scrap.

The dragon was created by Jess Sharp, Art and Design Project Coordinator who has a keen interest in recycling, using everyday rubbish and found items to produce vibrant 3D pieces.

Jess explained: "The Chinese New Year dragon uses the casing of an old fan found in the skip pile in the hospital’s IT department, ventilation tubing, and fruit packaging such as apple trays, orange nets, and strawberry trays. I then added yoghurt pots, bottle tops, scrap fabric and metal off-cuts from my Dad’s engineering company.

"I’m really pleased with the result and the children seem to love it! I enjoy the challenge of making something that will catch people’s attention but doesn’t cost anything. Patients, staff and visitors often comment on the how the art works improve the environment."

The Chinese New Year begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice. It is the most important holiday for Chinese people worldwide.

19 February 2015

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