Friendly monsters with enthusiastic grins and pastel fur and feathers strolled the streets of New York City, thanks Loe Lee. The funny characters are part of the Chinese-American illustrator Creatures of hope Series overlaying photographs of the city with the bizarre figures. The project grew out of the city’s strength and persistence over the past year. “As a native of New York, it was heartbreaking to see NYC endure such crippling loss and confusion during last year’s pandemic. In spite of everything, I have still seen people strive with unwavering resilience, ”says Lee Colossal.
Creatures of hope became runner-up in Creative Quarterly 62 and is displayed on LinkNYC this year. Lee also worked with Chinatown NYC Painting murals imbued with magic and joy in their hometown – the idea is to increase security and pull people back to the area after there has been less traffic and violence against Asians since the pandemic started.
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