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Huge KAWS sculpture appears in the waters of Hong Kong



Written by Stephy Chung, CNN Hong Kong

Contributors Herbert Chow, CNN Daniel Campisi, CNN

The Port of Hong Kong is a busy canal, ferries and end March a giant inflatable sculpture by the American artist KAWS. His characteristic character companion now shakes gently in the water, arms outstretched and pointing to the sky.

"I wanted to create a work that is all about relaxing – taking time to lie down and look up," said Brian Donnelly ̵

1; also known as KAWS – before his introduction.

The 37-meter sculpture (121 feet) weighs more than 40 tons thanks to the steel pontoon to which it is attached.

  The new work of KAWS sank gently into the sea at the yards in Tsing Yi. Hong Kong.

KAWS & # 39; new work sank on the yards in Tsing Yi, Hong Kong, gently into the sea. Credit: @AllRightsReserved

"At first glance, it appears to be a very simple project," Donnelly said near the yards in Tsing Yi, where the fine-tuning and a series of inflation tests took place. "But just with the fatigue of Hong Kong's water … it had to be produced in a way that somehow existed in the water and should not just be thrown around or lifted off."

Donnelly produced the floating installation with longtime collaborator AllRightsReserved, the same Hong Kong-based studio that helped make the giant inflatable rubber duck of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman a viral sensation.

"KAWS: Holiday" will float until the end of March. Credit: seank

The creative director and curator of the company, Shu-kam "SK" Lam, said, however, that KAWS 'work was more sophisticated due to the complex nature of the work. While Hofman's duck was sitting on a simple round 5 pound pontoon, Companion rests on a diamond-shaped eightfold.

Then it was transported from the shipyard to Victoria Harbor.

"(We had to make all these different arrangements, since the artwork can not (simply) float to the spot, you need two tugs to pull it from Tsing Yi to Central," said Lam, adding that the Process took eight hours to complete.

  Slightly smaller versions of the project called "KAWS: Holiday" appeared in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei and Seokchon Lake in Seoul.

Slightly smaller versions of the project with The name "KAWS: Holiday" has appeared in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei and Seokchon Lake in Seoul. Credit: @ s.yin.h_

The arrival of Companion in the harbor coincides with a month of artistic events that took place around this year's Art Basel Hong Kong.The artwork titled "KAWS: Holiday" appears to be a popular Instagram favorite and become a topic of conversation among locals.

Diver Helping with the project, Chan Kwok Yung, described it as "a sweet, dead body" A shipyard worker compared the sculpture to Hello Kitty. "If people see it, they will feel relaxed," said Cheung Shu Fook, the captain of a small boat.

"This is really the beauty of public art," Donnelly said about the different reactions that await the work. "They bring people from all kinds of backgrounds and meet them (and they do) with what they want, I do not try to say exactly what they need to feel when they see a job, it's just what it is for them is what her story is and her associations. "


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