Vancouver Mosaic Art. Part 1: Chinese Zodiac.

Even when it’s a relatively new city, Vancouver is a place full of art and culture that sometimes we miss at first sight. Such is the case of the mosaic art pieces, scattered all around Downtown.

The first collection of these hidden treasures can be found in Chinatown, just outside the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. It is a wheel of twelve mosaics of every animal of the Chinese Zodiac.

The Rat ricked the Cat and the Ox to get across the river in first place.

The Rat ricked the Cat and the Ox to get across the river in first place.

The Ox let the Rat climb on his back to get across the river.

The Ox let the Rat climb on his back to get across the river.

The Tiger was the strongest of the animals, and arrived in 3th place.

The Tiger was the strongest of the animals, and arrived in 3th place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The legend tells the Jade Emperor, the ruler of Heaven, organized a competition on his birthday. He invited all the animals of the Empire and promised that the first twelve of them who crossed the river would have a year of the zodiac named after them. The Rat tricked the Cat and threw it into the water. Then it used the Ox to get first to the other side, being the first animal of the zodiac and the Ox the second.

The rabbit hopped on a log and cross to the other side.

The rabbit hopped on a log and cross to the other side.

The Dragon was winning the race, but stopped to help the Rabbit.

The Dragon was winning the race, but stopped to help the Rabbit.

The Snake hid on the Horse's hoof to cross the river.

The Snake hid on the Horse’s hoof to cross the river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake and the Horse came next.

The Goat, the Monkey, and the Rooster helped each other and made it to the other side. The last to cross the river and to get a place in the Zodiac was the Boar.

The Cat was left out and hated and chased the Rat forever.

The Horse galloped across the river without difficulty.

The Horse galloped across the river without difficulty.

The Goat helped to build a raft with the Rooster and the Monkey.

The Goat helped to build a raft with the Rooster and the Monkey

The Monkey crossed with the help of the Rooster and the Goat.

The Monkey crossed with the help of the Rooster and the Goat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rooster suggest to the Monkey and the Goat to combine their qualities to get across the river.

The Rooster suggest to the Monkey and the Goat to combine their qualities to get across the river.

The Dog was a good swimmer, and stayed playing on the water most of the time before crossing the river.

The Dog was a good swimmer, and stayed playing on the water most of the time before crossing the river.

The Boar took a nap and arrived last to the other side.

The Boar took a nap and arrived last to the other side.

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