Asia Hotel Art Fair Hong Kong 2015, Public Art Trail at Harbour City

An Appreciation of the Best Contemporary Artworks at the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel and Walk Along the "Beyond The Space" Public Art Trail at Harbour City

As the largest and most diverse shopping mall in Hong Kong, Harbour City has always embraced a mantra of "Bring Art into Life" by exhibiting eclectic artwork and styles from around the world for the public to see. Harbour City continues onwards from last year's success to collaborate with Asia Hotel Art Fair Committee and Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel and jointly organize the 6th AHAF Hong Kong 2015. The showcase will feature over 5,000 pieces of the best contemporary Asian artworks from more than 70 regional galleries.
AHAF Hong Kong 2015 will again expand the scale and extend the fair within Harbour City's shopping mall and public space by hosting the "Beyond the Space" Art Exhibition at different locations throughout Harbour City. Japanese artist Yuki Matsueda -- who gained a reputation for his surreal 3-dimensional artworks -- will exhibit his largest art piece ever, The King's Vacation, at the Ocean Terminal Forecourt of Harbour City. Meanwhile, Harbour City's "Gallery by the Harbour" will exhibit the hand-drawn drafts and photos of "wrapping" public buildings, bridges and even coastlines created by internationally-acclaimed "Land Art" artists Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude. Atrium I and II of Gateway Arcade will also exhibit contemporary sculptures from Korean artists, BYUN Kyung-soo and KIM Byung-jin.

Moreover, Harbour City invites children to participate in the "Exchange Smile!" charity campaign and submit their smiling face paintings from now till 22nd March, 2015. Harbour City will donate a new box of coloured pencils to "The Salvation Army" for each work collected. All coloured pencils will be given to children in need. Collected works may also be displayed at "Little Art Castle" at Ocean Terminal of Harbour City in March.
Harbour City also partners with several fashion brands including 3.1 Phillip Lim, ANTEPRIMA WIREBAG, ATSURO TAYAMA, Furla, Lane Crawford, PENNYBLACK & Paul Smith to organize the "Fashion Hearts Art" campaign. Boutiques will feature artistic in-store arrangements in the format of window displays, pop-up exhibitions and installations. During the weekend of 14-15 Mar, special offers will be also available to delight shoppers in designated stores. On the other hand, EPURE, a French fine dining restaurant in Harbour City has created a special art menu on 11 - 29 March. Let's enjoy the delicious food and taste the art!
"Beyond the Space" Public Art Exhibition at Harbour City
AHAF Hong Kong 2015 will further extend the popular exhibition and launch the "Beyond the Space" Public Art Exhibition at Harbour City. To bring art closer to the public, mega art installations, sculpture works, paintings and photographs by artists from around the world will be displayed at different locations around the mall.

VENUE: Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Gallery by the Harbour, Atrium I & II of Gateway Arcade @ Harbour City
PERIOD: March 11 to 29, 2015

a) The King's Vacation by Yuki Matsueda @ Ocean Terminal Forecourt
After graduating with a PhD in Design from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Japanese artist Yuki Matsueda has gained a global reputation for his 3D artworks and "escaping" graphics. The artist has been known for capturing the incredible moments when ordinary objects escape from their graphics which result in some lively 3D works. Matsueda made sure to go big for his first ever outdoor exhibition as he created his largest art piece ever, The King's Vacation. The art piece comprises of four giant light box sculptures in the shape of playing cards (2m x 1.45m x 0.6m, H x L x W). The works are made using acrylic to freeze the kings as they leap from the center of the card. Trapped in the card, the kings try desperately to escape from the frame. Eight chairs in the shapes of spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds will be placed around the card to let the public engage in this interesting and fun body of work. 

b) Memory Scape by Christo and Jeanne-Claude @ Gallery by the Harbour
The Memory Scape art exhibition at "Gallery by the Harbour" will showcase the legendary works of internationally-acclaimed "Land Art" artists Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude. The duo are widely known for their life-long commitment to public art. Their most famous and unique "Land Art" creations feature wrapped public buildings, bridges and even coastlines to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude began their collaborative art careers in Paris in the late 1950s and spent many years creating highly celebrated works of art across the globe, including Running Fence (California, 1976), Surrounded Islands (Florida, 1983), The Umbrellas (Japan, 1984 - 1991) and Wrapped Reichstag (Berlin, 1971 - 1994). Gallery by the Harbour will showcase the legendary works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude including precious hand-drawn drafts and photos, bringing you into the memory scape of the couple's artistic life.
c) Lovely by Kim Byung-jin @ Atrium II, Gateway Arcade
Korean artist Kim Byung-jin graduated from Suwon University with a Master's degree in Sculpture. Combining familiar worlds, his unique sculptures are a reflection of the effect of language as a cultural phenomenon in society. The word "love," for example, which features in this set of exhibits, is the artist's way of displaying the concept of love as it becomes a cultural and commercial trend. His colourful work for this exhibition, titled Lovely, is composed of a pair of black (H 2.5m) and white ducks (H 1.55m) as well as a red apple (H 1.4m).

d) The Bitter Sweet Life by Byun Kyung-soo @ Atrium I, Gateway Arcade
Korean artist BYUN Kyung-soo obtained a Master's degree in sculpture from the Slade School of Art in London and the Seoul National University respectively. With the notion that people have been alienated thanks in part to communication through the internet, he created the series, The Bitter Sweet Life. Several sculptures were made of fiberglass, in similar looks but different colours. The artist wishes to express that although the distance between people may often seem very far, we can bring each other closer through communication. As his sculptures are hard to distinguish without any facial expressions, you may still recognize them by their unique gestures if taking a closer look and understanding the concept from a more profound perspective. 

Little Art Castle @ Harbour City
A little art castle and color pencil trains will be displayed at G/F, Ocean Terminal of Harbour City. Shoppers can also be the Little King & Queen taking photos with the cute soldiers. Artworks collected from "Exchange Smile" charity program will also be displayed on the castle walls and trains. Within a specified period on weekends, public can take the opportunity to exchange art through draw creatively from your imagination on cardboard and display it on the castle wall!  

VENUE: Atrium & Corridor, Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal @ Harbour City
PERIOD: March 15 to 29, 2015

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