The Chinese zodiac consists of the elements rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, cock and pig. Hug Me consists of a series of rings, each of which represents one of these significant animals symbolically. As a sign of friendship or love, people can exchange the animals associated with their zodiac sign. When the two rings are worn next to each other, they find a common fit which is reminiscent of the symbolism of yin and yang.
Statement by the Jury
The ring, as classical element for issuing a message to our environment, is expressed here in a particularly impressive artistic manner.
China Academy of Art, Research Laboratory of Metal Arts and Creation, Hangzhou, China