If you missed out on Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s much-hyped ‘Rubber Duck’ that floated into Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour in 2013, here’s your chance to catch another colossal outdoor installation. As part of Hong Kong Arts Month, renowned American designer KAWS is showcasing a 37-metre long inflatable sculpture of his signature character, Companion, at the Central Harbourfront.
The 10-day waterborne installation, set to begin March 22, is the latest stop of a touring exhibition that took place in Taipei, Taiwan and Seoul, South Korea earlier. Reclining on its back with ex-ed out eyes and bubbly ears that are meant to look like skull and crossbones, the buoyant Companion — which can be viewed up close on the Central and Western District Promenade — will be a compelling addition to the number of artworks and galleries pouring into the city.
Like past iterations of KAWS:HOLIDAYs, there will also be special merchandises for sale including a limited-edition cushion, a Companion bath toy, a floating bed, tote bags and T-shirts. Most goods are priced from US$49 to US$150.
KAWS’ longtime collaborator SK Lam, Creative Director and Curator AllRightsReserved said, “In 2010, we first brought KAWS to Hong Kong. We are very excited to present this colossal outdoor artwork KAWS:HOLIDAY in our hometown Hong Kong, almost 10 years after our first meeting.”
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