The Glory of Chinese Descendants

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“The Glory of Chinese Descendants”, a breathtaking structure created by artist Foon Sham, literally lights up the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro Station with vibrant shades of blue, red, orange, and yellow. The structure, which represents a Chinese fan, rests atop the metro exit leading to Chinatown and reflects a theme relevant to the area’s culture. The fan signifies the artistic and high class aspect of Chinese culture, and the choice of twelve sections on the fan represents the Chinese lunar calendar that repeats in cycles of every twelve years. As Chinatown is nestled in the midst of our nation’s capital, the color scheme symbolizes the intertwined Chinese and American cultures: the combination of the blue and red lights on the top and the soft white of the Plexiglas emphasize the American colors while the red, orange, and yellow lights on the bottom emphasize the Chinese colors.

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See that enormous, glowing fan inside of the Gallery Pl, Chinatown metro station? You found it!

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