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The Opposite House and partners present ‘Skywalker’ by Lisa Roet

March 26, 2018 Whats On No Comments Email Email

The Opposite House is thrilled to partner yet again with Melbourne based artist Lisa Roet and Asia Link Arts/ Global Art Projects to present Skywalker, an exciting installation this March at The Opposite House.

Perched high on the façade of the award winninghotel, Skywalker will be the focal point of a month-long programme of events, discussions andinstallations surrounding bio-sustainability kicking off with Beijing Earth Hour, 24 March. Skywalker will be displayed until 29 April.

Inspired by Lisa’s research of newly discovered animal species, predominantly in China’s Yunnan Province, that have been exposed due to deforestation and climatic changes to their habitats, Skywalker explores the themes of community engagement, mainstream environmental debate and a new epoch of discovery while reflecting some of humanities greatest and most difficult challenges.

‘I am really excited to be working again in China with The Opposite House, Asia Link Arts , and the Beijing community, all of whom continue to demonstrate their commitment to the larger global environmental discussion. This new work represents a shift from Western centric environmental science to the new Eastern pioneers in the field. Skywalker is a sequel to the famous Golden

Monkey project presented at The Opposite House in 2016.

Beijing is one of the world’s hotbeds for urban environmental issues with its commitment to sustainable energy and environmental health making its location of great relevance and importance to the project. The placement and collaboration with The Opposite House, one of

Beijing’s first environmentally conscious buildings designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, demonstrates Lisa’s passion for challenging yet relevant high impact public projects and her ongoing commitment to research and documentation.

To create the power, we are very excited to work with 30 Mobike this time. Volunteers will be peddling together on Mobike to create electricity which will inflate and light up Skywalker for the duration of Earth Hour. Mobike, as the world’s first and largest smart bike-sharing company, it

committees to create an environmental friendly place for people to live in.

Since its launch in April 2016 in Shanghai, Mobike has expanded its service to over 200 cities globally and will continue to

grow with the aim of making the world a better and clean place.

“We are excited to be hosting yet another ground breaking installation in partnership with Lisa and Asia Link Arts/Global Art Projects,” says Mark Passmore, the General Manager of The Opposite House. “From the initial discussions that produced Skywalker as the encore to the

successful Golden Monkey we have eagerly supported the efforts being made in China and around the world to elevate the conversation surround urban development and environmental conversation; we are proud to serve as the centerpiece in Beijing for such an important movement.”

Skywalker may be viewed from the north façade of The Opposite House from March 18 following its installation.

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