Video | Artists light up Hong Kong with three-night show Lumieres
Across urban Hong Kong for the next three evenings, light installations will sprout from pools and flash across buildings – the creations of French and local artists as part of the city’s first Lumieres festival
Spectacular light installations will be popping up around Hong Kong this week as part of the Lumieres Hong Kong festival.
From 7pm to 11pm on November 23 to 25, installations by French and Hong Kong artists will light up at 16 sites on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon as part of the light festival, the first in the city.
Among the sites to be lit up are several in Central district, including Hong Kong City Hall, the General Post office, the Mandarin Oriental, Statue Square Gardens, the former French Mission Building and Chater Garden.
French artist Christophe Mayer’s Bamboo Square at Statue Square features long sticks of light jutting out from the water representing a bamboo forest that is animated with music, while an elaborate digital presentation is projected on one side of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. The piece is also interactive – visitors can have their portrait taken in a photo booth, where they can paint it digitally; later it could be picked for projection on the hotel screen.
E-motion by Yves Moreaux, shown on the facade of City Hall, features Chinese designs and uses everyday sounds and images of Hong Kong – of the MTR, shipping containers and traffic, for example – while the former French Mission Building is transformed into a giant fish tank by Stephane Masson.
In Fish Tank, the heritage building appears to house goldfish, which swim between the windows. Masson liked the installation because it didn’t need much explanation. “I hope to make passers-by smile,” he said in French.
One of the most amusing installations is called The Anooki shake up Hong Kong. Created by Moetu Batlle and David Passengand, the animated Inuit Anooki is travelling around the world.
Local artist Kingsley Ng presents Over the Ocean at Chater Garden, an installation that asks what it means to live in Hong Kong. Visitors can fold paper boats, make a wish, and float them in the pool. The boats will prompt light points on a screen to trigger sounds.
Other sites with installations include the Man Mo Temple and PMQ in Sheung Wan, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Clock Tower and 1881 Heritage in Tsim Sha Tsui, and D2 Place Two in Lai Chi Kok.
There are performances, activities and refreshments during the day at the Lumieres HK Village in Statue Square Gardens.