World’s largest paper-cutting creation on show in JB school

Impressive folk art: The paper masterpiece on display across the basketball court at SJK(C) Foon Yew 2, Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: The public can view the world’s largest Chinese paper-cutting creation that is being displayed in Malaysia for the first time.

Stretching across a full basketball court, the 26.38m by 17.58m piece made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in November 2013 and is on show at SJK(C) Foon Yew 2 here.

The detailed work depicts the two most prominent legendary characters in the 5,000 years of Chinese history — Confucius and General Guan Yu, or popularly known as Guan Gong or Guan Laoye.

The work is the product of Gao Xiao Dong, 51, and his wife Yan Fang, 50.

The couple from Shanxi province used 1,200 pieces of white paper and 600 pieces of red paper, painstakingly cutting and piecing the work together on a 650m paper foundation over five years.

Yan said her husband learnt the art from his grandmother when he was a boy.

“We chose these two characters because they are highly respected in our history.

“It is our way of spreading the lessons passed down by these two great men and showing their accomplishments,” she said yesterday.

Yan, who is also Hejin Paper-Cutting Art Society vice-chairman, said they added the Great Wall into the creation because it was a symbol of China and its dynasties.

She said about RMB60,000 (RM36,764) was spent on the creation and industry experts had valued it at about RMB5mil (RM3mil), but it was not for sale.

The paper-cutting exhibition is part of a two-day National Guan Laoye Chinese Cultural Carnival, which is in its third stop here after Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 10pm and admission is free.

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