Hong Kong’s harbour-front to be reworked with sculpture park

Hong Kong has simply welcomed its first sculpture park, with 19 worldwide artists unveiling installations on the town’s harbour-front.

Installation view of Pumpkin massive, 2008, Yayoi Kusama. Image by Harbour Arts Sculpture Park 2018

The Harbour Arts Sculpture Park options work by a variety of worldwide artists together with Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Yayoi Kusama. Local Hong Kong artists together with Morgan Wong and Kacey Wong are additionally exhibiting.

[[x]], 2018, Ho Kwun Ting. Image by Harbour Arts Sculpture Park 2018

The park is made up of a sequence of playful artworks which might be dotted round Central’s Tamar Park, Edinburgh Place and out of doors the Hong Kong Arts Centre. The installations embody a yellow noticed pumpkin by Japanese artist Kusama, which overlooks Victoria Harbour; a sequence of white benches by American artist Jenny Holzer; and a life-sized white horse by British artist Mark Wallinger. Accompanying this ‘museum without walls’ might be a programme of free workshops, guided excursions and a public artwork symposium.

45 Degrees Artificial Rock, 2014, Zhan Wang. Image by Harbour Arts Sculpture Park 2018

The sculpture park is a part of an ongoing effort to cement Hong Kong’s popularity as a serious worldwide arts metropolis. The undertaking overlaps with the town’s well-established ‘art month’ in March, when big-ticket festivals Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central arrive within the metropolis.

Bearlike Construction, 2012, Gimhongsok. Image by Harbour Arts Sculpture Park 2018

‘This project is part of a longstanding vision to bring more art to Hong Kong and to create opportunities for artists working in the city and beyond,’ says Harbour Arts Sculpture Park co-curator Tim Marlow, creative director at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

The Memories from The Tower of Light, 2017, Wong Chi-Yung. Image by Harbour Arts Sculpture Park 2018

Fumio Nanjo, co-curator and director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, says that ‘a public art project of this quality and scale shall pave the way for more exhibitions of a similar nature in Hong Kong’, and ‘will encourage more artists around the world to take part in projects here’. The park runs till 11 April and is free to the general public.

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Words: Cathy Adams

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