Shock tactics

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am


CLP has given seven Savannah College of Art and Design students some unlikely inspiration.

'Some of the most important equipment in our power system is switchgear,' says CLP chief operating officer Paul Poon Wai-yin. 'We had 28 pieces retiring from the system and we wanted to give them a second life.'

Poon says the machinery would look dull and industrial in most contexts, so he was pleasantly surprised by the fresh perspectives shown in the students' art pieces.

Alexander Lee Hui-jie's work, for example, is a tiered fountain created from a cylindrical vacuum interrupter - and no, we have no idea what one of those is, either. Water skates off Lee's piece at different levels, creating a soothing flow.

'Usually water and electricity don't mix well, but with enough control and balance it can be made into art,' says the 24-year-old graphic-design major. 'I wanted to do something Zen. Technology is represented by the vacuum interrupter, nature is represented by the water. I wanted to show the balance and harmony between the two.'

In a nod to CLP's raison d'etre, Jen Paolini, a 21-year-old illustration student, says the main focus of her streamlined creation is light.

'I [employed] electricity to guide my piece,' she says. 'I [used] weaving, interlocking patterns, because I wanted to visualise the sense of balance, unity and how we interact with each other in an abstract manner.'

Some of the installations will find a home in CLP's new headquarters in Hung Hom but before then they will be featured in an exhibition titled The Power of Transformation - Machine Becomes Art at Pacific Place, Admiralty, which will run from Friday until July 1.