For many people, Chinese New Year is the time to return to their roots, their families, and traditions. For many in Toronto with families far away, Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple was the place to “come home” to for Chinese New Year.
I was asked to work on the creation and installation of a "Wall of a Hundred Fortunes" (百福牆) for a traditional new year's market. The aim was to create an auspicious space where people would make wishes and blessings for the new year that was a balance between modern and traditional in style.
A corner was filled from floor to ceiling with different calligraphic interpretations of the chinese character "fortune" (福) drawn by the artist He Jiaqiang/Henry Ho (何家強). Thousands of visitors came and went over the holiday hanging their wishes and lighting candles for the new year.