Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with Adorable Adoptable Figurines at Oakridge Centre

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By Roxanne Toronto

Posted on February 12, 2016 | Updated September 16, 2019, 1:11PM

Second Year student Walter Kao is the creator of the 2016 #LunarFestPet Monkey.

Article by Amanda Siebert, Georgia Straight, January 28, 2016

The organizers behind LunarFest are celebrating Lunar New Year at Oakridge Centre in a unique way, where hundreds of figurines are on display throughout the mall to commemorate the year of the monkey.

Designed by second year Emily Carr student Walter Kao, the figurines are equipped with a movable tail, arms, and legs, and LED light. The plastic monkeys are part of the #LunarFestPet campaign, which encourages visitors to the mall to “adopt” a figurine.

Some of the figurines can be seen in a large display in the mall’s West Galleria, while the rest are hidden in storefront windows. Visitors are encouraged to count the hidden monkeys and submit their guess to the concierge desk for a chance to win a trip to Hong Kong.

According to the managing director of the Asian Canadian Special Events Association, Charlie Wu, it’s all part of a larger initiative that, in the spirit of the new year, asks how much humans really have in common with monkeys.

“Monkeys, too, are emotional creatures who are intelligent, crafty, curious, and naughty at times. Are there lessons humans can learn from monkeys?” said Wu in a statement.

The association has once again organized LunarFest, a diverse weekend of family-friendly, interactive events, which will take over the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza from February 12 to 14. The free festival will consist of a series of performances, crafting activities, and Asian cuisine. In addition, Kao’s figurines will be used in art exhibitions displayed throughout the plaza.

As with last year’s sheep figurines, all collected adoption fees will go to a local charity, to be decided upon following the celebration. To find out how you can adopt your own monkey, visit LunarFest’s website.