Dragon maker signs on to make Dai Gum Loong
Master Hui today signed a special contract with the Golden Dragon Museum and City of Greater Bendigo in his Hong Kong workshop in the presence of The Hon. Daniel Andrews, Premier for Victoria.
Golden Dragon Museum General Manager Anita Jack said she found Master Hui via social media.
“Overseas and local lion teams were following him on social media and the photos were quite spectacular, highlighting his exceptional workmanship. When I realised he could make dragons too, having recently completed a dragon for Macau, he became a clear choice to make Dai Gum Loong,” Ms Jack said.
“Master Hui is part of three generations of dragon makers and works with his father and nephew. It is nice to see the craft of dragon and lion making being handed down and an incredible eye for detail being shared.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for the museum, the City and Master Hui, as the creation of a new Imperial Dragon only happens every 50 to 100 years.
“I am in regular contact with Master Hui and he has been to Bendigo and the museum to see Sun Loong and Loong, so he understands the quality of work required. He is a highly regarded dragon maker, so I have every confidence he will meet our expectations.”
Dai Gum Loong will be approximately 120m long and is expected to have approximately 6,500 scales. He will be completed in time for Easter 2019.
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said she looked forward to welcoming Dai Gum Loong to Bendigo.
“Today is an exciting part of our journey to obtaining a new Imperial Dragon. We cannot imagine Easter without a dragon and I know our community cannot wait to meet Dai Gum Loong,” Cr O’Rourke said.
The City and Golden Dragon Museum continue to search for a dragon maker who is able to conserve Sun Loong’s scales. This work will be done in Hong Kong or China, where the skill set exists. Master Hui will be too busy making Dai Gum Loong to do this work.
Sun Loong’s head, neck, tail and frame will be conserved locally.
Dai Gum Loong will be an asset of the City of Greater Bendigo, however the Bendigo Chinese Association will be the cultural custodian of Dai Gum Loong and he will be on display at the Golden Dragon Museum when not parading.