The work of Ryan C. Doyle, his two assistants named Ryan, and Hong Kong artist Teddy Lo, the dragon is made of steel and found objects. The group collected metal, shredded tires, and several sofas from fellow artists, junkyards and the street. They added a 250 gallon propane tank to provide Gon KiRin's fire-breathing abilities.
The dragon's head and tail are hydraulic operated. Doyle wanted his creature to defy the "red velvet rope factor" that keeps spectators at arms' length from works of art. Gon KiRin has seating in the tail section, under the stomach, and in the mouth. The public is encouraged to swing its tail back and forth, and to push the big red button that makes flames shoot from its mouth.