Lunar New Year on the Chinese calendar began this year on Sunday, Feb. 14. And as sure as Valentine’s Day and candy, Reference Librarian Calvin Wang appeared on campus with his own expression of celebration, a tiger mask. This year is the Year of the Tiger according to the Chinese zodiac, one that is based on a 12-year cycle.
Wang has designed and fabricated his own mask every year for the last four years, gracing campus with an appearance the last three. He uses polystyrene foam from food packaging trays that he collects throughout the year from his groceries. He cuts the foam to shape and hot glues the pieces together following pictures and using his imagination to guide him. Click to see the masks he made for the Year of the Ox in 2009 and the Year of the Rat in 2008. To see how he created his tiger mask, a process that took 43 hour, watch this YouTube video. To see all four animal masks, visit Landman Library until March 12.