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Residents at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio

Rancho San Antonio
The Silicon Review
15 Febuary, 2024

Unveiled Spectacular Life-Size Dragon Sculpture Crafted from Recycled Materials in Celebration of the Lunar New Year!

Cupertino, California February 12, 2024 In a magnificent display of creativity and sustainability, residents at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio have breathed life into the Lunar New Year celebrations by crafting a stunning life-size dragon from recycled materials. This awe-inspiring artwork was unveiled on Wednesday, February 7, a highlight of The Forum’s Lunar New Year festivities celebrating the year of the dragon. “The installation of the dragon is a testament to The Forum's dedication to embracing cultural diversity and fostering a sense of inclusivity within their community,” said Nancy Kao, Executive Director. The Dragon Project was a labor of love and dedication by the Dragon Crew: Eleanor S., Dieu-Thuong L., Beth S., Sharon B., Keibun S., Carol C., and Rowena C., who meticulously repurposed various materials such as paper bags, newspapers, and bubble wrap. Cardboard and Chanukah cards were made into scales that covered the dragon’s body. The dragon measures an impressive 12 feet and has scales like a carp, a camel head, ears like an ox, and horns like a deer. It was crafted ingeniously without template or pattern.

"We wanted to create something truly special for the Lunar New Year, and what better way to do it than by creatively repurposing materials?” remarked Rowena Chow, one of the project's lead organizers. "It was a super team effort, and we had so much fun together! Special thanks to Ling S. for the use of her garage and Paul U. for the delivery of the card table and chairs to prop up the dragon. The dragon represents strength and good fortune, and we hope it brings joy to all who see it."

In a heartwarming ceremony, residents came together to witness the dragon being lifted to its perch above the lower lobby of the community building. As the dragon danced and weaved through the air, it brought joy and excitement to all who witnessed this remarkable display of artistry and tradition. Executive Director Nancy Kao was given the honor of painting the white dot in the dragon’s eye, symbolizing the infusion of life and spirit into the grand creation.

“The Lunar New Year festivities at The Forum promise to be a celebration of creativity, resilience, and intercultural unity, said Nancy Kao, Executive Director. “I commend the Dragon Crew for this extraordinary creation, which stands as a symbol of hope, renewal, and the enduring strength of our community spirit.”

The Forum at Rancho San Antonio is a beautifully designed resort-style Life Plan community located in the foothills where Cupertino meets Los Altos and offers a vibrant and fulfilling retirement experience with luxurious amenities, upscale services, and engaging social programming. The Forum is well known as an industry leader for its use of innovative technology, sustainability best practices, and dedication to excellence in every facet of care.