Byline: Carlie Walker
IT started when he was a child.
Hervey Bay artist Haiyi Wu was born in China and from an early age, he started learning the ancient art of calligraphy.
The artistic style of writing is 5000 years old and an important part of Chinese history and culture.
An exhibition of Haiyias work is being held at Gatakeras Artspace over the next few weeks.
Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, and it will be the Year of the Snake.
That was significant in terms of his exhibition, as calligraphy was sometimes referred to as the adance of the snakea, Haiyi said.
His passion for the ancient art started with the gardens in Suzhou, where he grew up.
Many of the gardens in the city have calligraphy exhibits.
The gorgeous city is also similar to Venice in Italy, in that it is a canal city where people travel by boat, Haiyi said.
After moving to Australia in the early 90s, Haiyi did not have much time to continue the practice of calligraphy. …