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Creatures of Hope: Cheerful illustrated monsters strut the streets of New York City

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# COVID-19
#Monster
#new york city

April 14, 2021

Grace Ebert

Soho (2019). All images © Loe Lee, shared with permission

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.

Collect prints, postcards, and stickers of the towering creatures Lee’s shopand follow their latest adventures in town on Instagram and Behance. (above Creative boom)

Chinatown (2020)

Hudson River Park Pier 25 (2019)

Lower East Side (2020)

# COVID-19
#Monster
#new york city

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