Artist lets his imagination run wild to capture the essence of time for Hermes show

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 June, 2012, 12:00am


Hilton McConnico may be a multi-disciplinary artist, but he still found it hard to define the notion of time.

The Tennessee-born, Paris-based painter, photographer and set designer has nevertheless created a fantasy exhibition for Hermes with the aim of inspiring visitors to see time through a different perspective.

McConnico was in town on Wednesday to officiate at the opening of 'The Gift of Time' exhibition at the Metal Zone in Kowloon's Elements mall.

He created seven different halls to showcase installations made using Hermes products - some from its archive.

'When Pierre-Alexis Dumas [Hermes' creative director] asked me if I would create an exhibition on 'time', I thought the subject would be one of the most difficult ... and it was,' he said. 'Creating a graphic image from an abstract word is not easy.'

The exhibits include sculptures, installations and a wall of messages to illustrate precious moments in life - such as the first time a girl steps into her mother's high heels.

When asked what he would choose to put in a time capsule, McConnico jokingly said that a Starbucks macchiato dripping with caramel would be his choice. 'I love sweets,' he said.

The exhibition ends on July 4 before moving to Singapore and France.