|For Immediate Release||28 February 2019|
Bringing World-Class Art to Hong Kong
28 February 2019, HONG KONG – Swire Properties Arts Month 2019 returns this year with a hand-picked selection of world-renowned artists, including San Francisco-based art collective FoldHaus, which is bringing its "Burning Man" installation to Hong Kong for the first time, New York-based artist Derick Melander, French street artist L'Atlas and Austrian artist Willi Dorner. The host of programmes – from art exhibitions, to live performances, to interactive art installations and exclusive talks – are set to offer audiences a different perspective on the world around us.
Running from March to April, Swire Properties Arts Month 2019 will largely take place at the Company's venues in Hong Kong, including Pacific Place and ArtisTree in Taikoo Place. Arts Month also marks Swire Properties' seventh year partnering with Art Basel Hong Kong. The Company's new VIP Lounge, designed by Paul Cocksedge – his first installation in Hong Kong, will be home to a series of inspirational talks and events in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Fiona Ma, Director, Marketing and Communications of Swire Properties said, "We're very excited to offer a full range of unique experiences as part of Swire Properties Arts Month 2019. Our programme has been carefully curated to include works from a number of respected artists in different mediums, all designed to ensure that our celebration appeals to a broad range of audiences. We continue to make arts and culture a part of everyday life, which in turn will help build strong and vibrant communities."
Swire Properties Arts Month 2019 – Highlights:
- LUMENous GARDEN
18 March – 14 April 2019
Pacific Place's Garden Court will host an immersive experience via the giant interactive art installation, LUMENous GARDEN – created by the San Francisco-based art collective, FoldHaus. This custom-designed piece will make its debut in Hong Kong, and brings large-scale, participatory art from the renowned Burning Man event in Nevada, US, directly to the city's audiences. The work comprises two kinetic sculptures. SHRUMEN LUMEN is a series of large illuminated origami mushrooms that change shape and colour when visitors activate them. BLUMEN LUMEN features a giant origami flower sculpture that blooms and sways when a person stands close by. With thousands of LEDs embedded in the sculptures' translucent outer skin, this installation is set to offer an unforgettable spectacle of colour and sensory experience.
- Recycled Clothing Sculpture
18 March – 28 April 2019
This striking art installation will be made from over 700 pounds of recycled clothing collected from the Starstreet Precinct community and Swire Properties' developments. It will tower over audiences in the form of an enormous column outside Three Pacific Place. Created by New York-based artist Derick Melander, especially for Arts Months 2019, this distinctive work is designed to raise awareness of textile waste, and showcase how the culture of sustainability is very much a part of the Precinct's day-to-day operations and events, and popular among tenants. A collaboration with Redress, the Hong Kong-based NGO will ensure that the clothing is redistributed to local charities, resold or recycled into new yarn after Arts Month.
ArtisTree, Taikoo Place
- ArtisTree Arts Month I: Urban Playgrounds
27 March – 12 April 2019
This all-new exhibition combines the visual arts, photography and performing arts to immerse audiences in an interactive and high-energy experience. Curated by French street artist L'Atlas and Austrian artist Willi Dorner, audiences should prepare to explore multiple sets of urban landscape photographs inside a maze-like installation at ArtisTree, while being surprised by colourfully-dressed performers running through the space.
Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
- Swire Properties VIP Lounge & Dialogue Series
27 – 31 March 2019
Swire Properties is partnering with Art Basel Hong Kong for the seventh consecutive year. To act as a meeting point for the Company's guests, Paul Cocksedge, the inventive London-based designer, has created an imaginative VIP Lounge. Titled 'Spectrum', the VIP Lounge installation is an intimate space wrapped by visually intriguing bands of fabric, evincing Swire Properties' own primary colours of red and blue. Reminiscent of architectural drawings in physical form, the VIP Lounge exudes a calm and welcoming symmetry that reflects Cocksedge's characteristic lightness of touch and imaginative visual effect.
Situated on the Level 1 Concourse, 'Spectrum' will also be home to the 'Swire Properties Dialogue Series' – inspirational talks and panel discussions with a number of leading world figures, including Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, London. These sessions have been curated in collaboration with Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts.
For more information, please visit: www.swireproperties.com/artbasel.
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About Swire Properties
Swire Properties develops and manages commercial, retail, hotel and residential properties, with a particular focus on mixed-use developments in prime locations at major mass transportation intersections. Swire Properties is listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and its investment portfolio in Hong Kong comprises Taikoo Place, Cityplaza and Pacific Place as its core holdings. In addition to Hong Kong, the Company has investments in Mainland China, the United States and Singapore.
Visit Swire Properties' website at www.swireproperties.com.
About Pacific Place
Located in the heart of Admiralty, Pacific Place is the destination for exceptional service and unique experiences. As a pioneer of innovative retail concepts in Hong Kong, Pacific Place continues to transform the retail scene by delighting visitors with an array of curated experiences through diversified offerings. Since its inception in 1988, Pacific Place has established itself as Hong Kong's premier lifestyle hub, a mixed-use development that continues to evolve and grow as the ultimate destination to shop, dine, work, stay, relax and play. It houses one of Hong Kong's largest collections of luxury brands and diverse dining offerings, making every visit a memorable one. In addition to being a prime transportation hub, Pacific Place is home to three Grade-A office towers, 270 serviced apartments, and four five-star hotels: The Conrad, Island Shangri-La, JW Marriott and The Upper House.
Visit Pacific Place's website at www.pacificplace.com.hk.
About Starstreet Precinct
Starstreet Precinct is a vibrant destination in Wan Chai, comprised of Wing Fung Street, Star Street, Moon Street, Sun Street, and St. Francis Yard. Over the years, the neighbourhood has evolved from a quaint, historical landmark, into an eclectic hangout hotspot for those with a unique sense of style and appetite. Filled with cosy cafes, restaurants, bars, boutique shops with the coolest fashion, galleries and home design stores, the precinct is a community with a strong sense of character, community, culture. Starstreet Precinct is committed to building, promoting and facilitating wellness and bettering the environment for its residents in the years to come. Connected to the rest of the Pacific Place complex and Admiralty MTR through the Three Pacific Place underground link, the neighbourhood is a hidden gem in the heart of Hong Kong offering an array of authentic day-to-night experiences.
Visit Starstreet Precinct's website at www.starstreet.com.hk.
About Taikoo Place
Taikoo Place is recognised as one of Hong Kong's best-planned business hubs, managed by Swire Properties. The portfolio offers over 5 million sq ft of prime commercial space for local and multinational corporations. A wide range of cosmopolitan business and leisure amenities are situated within the area, including TAIKOO PLACE APARTMENTS, the multi-purpose venue ArtisTree, the co-working hub blueprint, the sustainable development exhibition centre The Loop, the new private club The Refinery, the landscaped garden Taikoo Park, as well as restaurants and cafes. Within five-minute walking distance are the shopping mall Cityplaza and the lifestyle business hotel EAST, Hong Kong.
Visit Taikoo Place's website at www.taikooplace.com.
About Art Basel
Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world's premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. Art Basel's engagement has expanded beyond art fairs through a number of new initiatives such as Art Basel Cities, working with partner cities on bespoke cultural programs.
For further information, please visit artbasel.com.
About the Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by King George III in 1768. It has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. Its public programme promotes the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate. The Royal Academy has launched a new campus as part of the celebrations of its 250th anniversary year. Following a transformative redevelopment, designed by the internationally-acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield RA and supported by the National Lottery, the new Royal Academy of Arts reveals more of the elements that make the RA unique – sharing with the public historic treasures from its Collection, the work of its Royal Academicians and the Royal Academy Schools, and its role as a centre for learning and debate about art and architecture – alongside its world-class exhibitions programme.
Visit the Royal Academy of Arts' website at www.royalacademy.org.uk.