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The very first self-rotating Gaia debuts in Lee Tung Avenue & Citywalk To appreciate the Earth as it appears from the Moon!

March 7, 2019 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

To echo with the Hong Kong Arts Month, Lee Tung Avenue, a joint project between Urban Renewal Authority, Sino Land Company Limited and Hopewell Holdings Limited and Citywalk, a joint project between Urban Renewal Authority and Sino Land Company Limited bring in UK artist, Luke Jerram’s latest touring artwork, Gaia, to all art & cultural lovers in Hong Kong this spring!

The breathtaking 7-meter artwork features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’ surface taken in 1972 and has been touring in England, Ireland and Taiwan. To celebrate its very first landing in Hong Kong, Luke has tailored-made a self-rotation gimmick to the masterpiece. The first self-rotating Earth is 360 times faster than our real planet (one rotation every four minutes).

The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth. Each centimeter of it equals to 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211m away from the artwork, the public will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the Moon. The installation creates a sense of the Overview Effect. Common features of the experience for astronauts feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all lives, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. Lee Tung Avenue and Citywalk introduce the masterpiece Gaia all the way from England to Hong Kong. Not only that the general public will be truly amazed by the fascination of Gaia, but more importantly the exhibition aims at arousing public’s awareness and concerns towards environmental protection and issues alike. The master work and a whole series of educational activities followed drive the public to reconsider and reflect so as a result of a comprehensive change of living style serves the purpose of loving and preserving the environment, our Earth.

A Roving Exhibition with Kick-off on 19th March in Lee Tung Avenue and 19th April in Citywalk

The Earth will be landed in both Lee Tung Avenue and Citywalk this Spring! To further enhance the enjoyment of this exhibition, Lee Tung Avenue invites 2017 Hong Kong Film Awards – Best Original Film Score award-winning composer Yusuke Hatano to compose custom-made Earth themed original music inspired by the Gaia Artwork that allows visitors to experience a magnificent art journey with sight and sound amusement. To take lead and action in supporting environmental-friendly campaign, Lee Tung Avenue is proud to support and participate in the world’s largest collective environmental movement: Earth Hour on 30 March. By symbolically switching off the lights for 1 hour from 8:30p.m, Lee Tung Avenue strives to promote the message of preserving the earth’s natural resources and promoting the use of renewable energy. To celebrate the rare opportunity of having a world-class artwork in Citywalk starting from the upcoming Easter Holiday, educational events will be held in partnership with WWF-Hong Kong, to promote green living and encourage people young and old to incorporate low-carbon practices into their daily lives.

A series of art and culture related activities, environmental education campaigns and happenings will be running throughout the exhibition period.

Lee Tung Avenue – Gaia Art Installation Details

Venue:     Central Piazza, Lee Tung Avenue

Date:       From 19 March – 7 May 2019
Time:       3pm – 11pm

Citywalk- Gaia Art Installation Details

Venue:    Open Piazza, Citywalk

Date:       From 19 April – 19 May 2019

Time:       10am – 10pm

“I hope the artwork provides the opportunity to imagine what the Earth looks like from space. To see the Earth as an isolated, precious and fragile island of life. I hope to create a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment,” says Luke Jerram.

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