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K11 Art Mall Presents Exhibition during Holiday Season to Promote Polar Conservation Featuring Hong Kong’s Largest Art Installation Themed on Polar Bear Rare Images and Footage from Dr Rebecca Lee’s Explorations Raises Awareness

November 13, 2013 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Polar Power_day_resizedK11 Art Mall today unveiled Hong Kong’s largest-ever art installation themed on the polar bear, the highlight of Polar Power Love Our Planet, a large-scale art exhibition running from 13 November 2013 to 6 January 2014 during the year-end holiday season.

Beijing-based design duo Fake Studio was commissioned by K11 Art Foundation (KAF) to create the 6.5-metre tall installation, with the aim of transforming Christmas into a season for reflecting on the impact of human activities on our precious planet. Also included in Polar Power Love Our Planet are: an exhibition of rare arctic photographs and footage by famed local explorer Dr. Rebecca Lee; Mood Indigo, Fake Studio’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong; a show of eco-themed works by Pengguin, a local design group; as well as free art and design workshops open to the public.

K11 Art Foundation (KAF) strives to be a sustainable incubating force for the development of art, design and creativity in support of K11’s core value of Art • People • Nature. “We commissioned Polar Power because we wanted to use art as a vehicle during the heart-warming holiday season to raise awareness of our impact on nature. Our hope is to transform Christmas into a time not only for sharing with friends and family, but also for thinking about how we can help protect nature. We are thrilled that Fake Studio has created such an engaging and spectacular installation,” said Mr Adrian Cheng, Chairman of K11 Art Foundation. “In addition, KAF’s reach extends to Shanghai’s K11 Art Mall where new media artist Liu Zhenchen presents his enigmatic Kaleidoscope – an endless combination of patterns from a kaleidoscope that will be projected on various locations at the mall, creating a festive and jovial atmosphere,” Cheng added.

Polar Power_night 2_resizedStanding at 6.5 metres tall in the middle of K11 Piazza, Polar Power is an intricate metal structure in the shape of a polar bear with glowing UV light effects and a bright red heart. Located near the polar bear installation are two “iceberg” platforms, which will light up when someone steps onto it to make a pledge to help save the planet. Adding to the atmosphere, the polar bear’s bright red heart will turn and glow, backed by artificial snow effects and cool, elegant music at designated times during November and December. As shoppers pass by the Polar Power installation, a surprise message will flash across the giant TV wall above.

“We are honoured to be commissioned by K11 Art Foundation to present our work at such a meaningful exhibition. The polar bear has become an icon of the impact of global climate change on the arctic, which is why we chose it as the theme of our installation. Thanks to K11 Art Mall for hosting our first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, art and design lovers will also have a chance to encounter a number of our works that explore shapes and colours, as well as seasonal concepts like ‘joy’ and ‘gift’,” said Ms Fang Er, the founder member of Fake Studio.

Polar Power_night 1_resizedTo enable the public to learn more about the arctic environment and the importance of arctic conservation, K11 Art Mall worked with famed local explorer Dr Rebecca Lee for a multimedia presentation of rare images and footage from her excursions to the arctic region. The public will be able to see poignant images of polar bears and other iconic scenes from northernmost areas of the planet. Dr Lee has also prepared recorded messages about her encounters with polar bears and the importance of arctic conservation.

Giving the event a more global context, K11 has partnered with retailer brands from 10 different countries to present a journey of ten one-metre tall branded polar bear installations through which visitors can learn about the green policies and initiatives of the represented countries.

In addition to the Polar Power installation, K11 Art Mall will also host Mood Indigo, Fake Studio’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, as well as Green Wish!, an exhibition of works by local design duo Pengguin using the traditional Christmas colours of red and green to symbolize ecological crisis and their hope for a greener planet.

During Polar Power Love Our Planet, K11 Art Mall will also present two free art and design workshops. In Upcycled Paper Bowtie Workshop, local designer Mary Wrong will guide participants in creating handcrafted bowtie accessories with old newspapers. Participants of Upcycling Ukulele Workshop, on the other hand, will learn from Permanenze, a local design group, how to make a ukulele using materials they bring to the workshop.

Echoing the Polar Power Love Our Planet theme, a host of food and beverage establishments have specially created Polar Edition – a range of exquisite delicacies inspired by the Polar Power theme, available from 13 November 13 until 6 January.

Shopper looking for a more traditional experience of Christmas can visit Museum Context, a vintage style Christmas art museum featuring a unique collection of traditional games, retro toys, gifts and vintage and antique pieces, complete with a 6-metre tall traditional Scottish style Christmas tree adorned with close to 250 pieces of Museum Context 1745 Map of the World globe baubles and around 250 pieces of bright red diamond shaped ornament in the same style of the heart of the Polar Power installation.

In addition to the exhibitions, shoppers can take part in K11 Art Mall’s Christmas Lucky Draw during this festive season from 29 November 2013 to 5 January 2014. Grand Prizes include a 9 Days 7 Nights on Celebrity Solstice for an Alaska Sawyer glacier fly cruise package for two persons by GeoTraveller, Hokkaido deluxe travel package by HIS Travel, jewellery diamond pendent by Chow Tai Fook and other festive treats with a total value of over HK$1.5 million.

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