Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition comes to downtown Vancouver

Exhibition on now in the lobby of Nelson Square at 808 Nelson Street

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Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition
The figures are standing on the plaza at Nelson Square, across from the Law Courts.

Hong Kong-based artist Danny Yung has brought the Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition to Vancouver.

The exhibition runs until May 21, 2017 in the lobby of Nelson Square at 808 Nelson Street (corner of Nelson and Howe) in downtown Vancouver.

Admission is free, and there are three large figures on the plaza outside, as well as many smaller figures inside.

“Tian Tian Xiang Shang” (make progress everyday) is a Chinese proverb that Mao Zedong once said to motivate children to work hard. The proverb appeared on the front gate of primary schools during the 1950s.

Yung says his exhibition grew out of concern for the education system, which he believed was lacking creativity and discourse.

The exhibition at Nelson Square features figures decorated by artists from Hong Kong, North America and Vancouver. Several local schools, including Mount Pleasant Elementary and Lord Byng Secondary School, contributed to the exhibition.

The exhibition will change regularly, so visitors can expect a different collection of figures each time.

Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition
The figures are standing on the plaza at Nelson Square, across from the Law Courts.
Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition
The figures are standing on the plaza at Nelson Square, across from the Law Courts.
Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition
The figures are standing on the plaza at Nelson Square, across from the Law Courts.

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Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition
The figures are standing on the plaza at Nelson Square, across from the Law Courts.
Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition
The figures are standing on the plaza at Nelson Square, across from the Law Courts.
Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition
The figures are standing on the plaza at Nelson Square, across from the Law Courts.
Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition
The figures are standing on the plaza at Nelson Square, across from the Law Courts.
Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition
The Tian Tian Xiang Shang exhibition at Nelson Square in downtown Vancouver.

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