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Is this bus falling off a roof of a five star hotel in Hong Kong?

Is this bus falling off a roof of a five star hotel in Hong Kong?

Richard Wilson - Hang On A Minute Lads... Ive Got A Great Idea - Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong, 2015 - Day time - 1
Richard WilsonHang On A Minute Lads… Ive Got A Great Idea, full-sized 11 meters replica coach, 2015, Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

The sculptural installation by Richard Wilson titled Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got a Great Idea showcases a full-sized replica of a old-fashioned twin-axel Harrington Legionnaire coach that looks as if it is teetering precariously on the edge threatening to fall off The Peninsula’s seventh-floor.

The sculpture was inspired by classic 1969 British heist movie ‘The Italian Job’. The dynamic sculpture weighs six tons at its core, and uses hydraulic equipment that is makes the coach rock by up to 12 degrees at random periods, making it seem that the coach could very well plunge of the ledge to the ground at any moment from. The installation draws onlookers’ attention to the hotel’s distinctive architecture, serving to highlight and accent the building in different and unanticipated ways.

Seeing the piece causes onlookers a surge of adrenaline- and rightfully so, seeing such a large vehicle perched “insecurely” (no fear, it is secure) and seemingly unsteadily should bring everyone a hint of that natural fight or flight reaction. Once the shock associated with the spectacle subsides you can embrace the creativity, the unique building designer, and the contrast between the coach and the hotel in what is undoubtedly awe.

This project was a collaboration between Richard Wilson, The Royal Academy and the Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong. The Peninsula Hong Kong is a historic and well-known hotel. The Royal Academy is an artist-led organization, with an emphasized focus on presenting British artists and architects abroad.

About Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson, born 1953, is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space, which draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction.

Richard Wilson - Hang On A Minute Lads... Ive Got A Great Idea - Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong, 2015 - Night time
Richard WilsonHang On A Minute Lads… Ive Got A Great Idea, full-sized 11 meters replica coach, 2015, Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

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This controversial sculpture of Michael Jackson shows him fragile and feminine

This controversial sculpture of Michael Jackson shows him fragile and feminine

Jeff Koons - Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988 -ceramic, 106.7 x 179.1 x 82.5cm.jpg

Jeff KoonsMichael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988
Ceramic, 106.7 x 179.1 x 82.5 cm

There have been many stars and singers that have contributed to music in many progressive ways. Yet no one comes close to the influence that the iconic Michael Jackson has left on the music industry. Imagery of him is fairly well known. The pop-culture icon has been seen in various stages of his life and career, physically ever-changing in front of our eyes. Jeff Koons created a famous life-sized porcelain sculpture depicting the now late and legendary Michael Jackson leaning back on a flower bed while on his lap rests his pet chimpanzee Bubbles who holds a white cloth. Jackson and Bubbles wear similar clothing, and are colored similarly while parts of their bodies mirror with each other.
Bubbles, the real life chimpanzee, was purchased by Jackson from a Texas research facility in 1985. He was a very important figure in the eyes of Michael and became a constant sight at almost all of Michael Jackson’s performances and concert arenas and cities. Koons used a press photo of Jackson and Bubbles for his sculpture, and it is nearly indistinguishable to the photo.

When the porcelain sculpture was first revealed, Koons produced three editions, many of Jackson’s fans were offended by how the porcelain made Jackson appear white and feminine (although there doesn’t seem to be any complaints about his hair being gold…). Koons however, really doesn’t care about the complaints and criticism over Jackson’s gender neutral appearance within this piece. The art, he believes, transcends gender- as Koons explains, Jackson is the contemporary Apollo.

In this piece Jackson is that of a Greek god, beautiful and golden- considering that this was created in 1988 it is ironic considering the way that M.J has been immortalized as pop royalty, who may have passed physically, but has transcended in space and time through his music and dance. Bubbles looks wise and all-knowing as he sits on M.J’s lap and gazes at the audience while Jackson gazes lovingly at his companion.

This piece now is a beautiful representation of Jackson’s younger days before he was othered by some and deified by others. The gold almost depicts a time when anything MJ touched turned to gold.

In total three editions of Michael Jackson and Bubbles came into existence, all three can be found separately at the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and another one in Athens.

Jeff Koons - Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland, Jeff Koons - Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland. 2012
Jeff Koons next to his artwork Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988
Ceramic, 106.7 x 179.1 x 82.5 cm, at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland, 2012

Jeff Koons - Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988 - Exhibition at The Château de Versailles - 2008, 2009

Jeff KoonsMichael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988
Ceramic, 106.7 x 179.1 x 82.5 cm, at Château de Versailles, September 10th 2008 – January 4th 2009


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This dog peed on one of California’s most prestigious art collections

This dog peed on one of California’s most prestigious art collections

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) - 1
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

As part of his retrospective at the Orange County Museum of Art, Richard Jackson has installed Bad Dog, a giant temporary sculpture of a black labrador “urinating” yellow paint onto the side of the museum. It was an immediate hit. Crowds flocked to see it, and it quickly gained notoriety among both the local community and the art world. Accessible, vibrant, and playful, the work has widely achieved Jackson’s main intention: to make the viewer laugh.

The piece calls into question the role of humor in art, and can be seen as a self-reflexive commentary on the state of elitism and exclusivity in the art museum world.

“Bad Dog” lasted the duration of Jackson’s exhibition “Ain’t Painting a Pain”, before it toured Europe.

About Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson (born 1939) has been a pre-eminent figure on the American art scene since the 70s and is influenced by both by abstract expressionism and action painting.

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) - 2
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) - 3
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

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100% Inflated, bouncy Stonehenge

100% Inflated, bouncy Stonehenge

Jeremy Deller - Sacrilege, in West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade, Hong Kong
Jeremy Deller – Sacrilege, in West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade, Hong Kong

Sacrilege is a life-sized, inflatable replica of Stonehenge the British heritage and pagan site and popular tourist attraction. It is a bouncy castle, an interactive inflatable pillow that viewers may walk and jump on. It is an energetic, humorous work that Jeremy Deller describes as a way to get reacquainted with ancient Britain with your shoes off. It is a touring project visiting 33 sites across the UK and launched at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

Jeremy Deller - Sacrilege, in Heartlands, Cornwall (UK)
Jeremy Deller – Sacrilege, in Heartlands, Cornwall (UK)

Jeremy Deller - Sacrilege, in Hong Kong, West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade
Jeremy Deller – Sacrilege, in West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade, Hong Kong

Jeremy Deller - Sacrilege, in West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade, Hong Kong
Jeremy Deller – Sacrilege, in West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade, Hong Kong

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Xu Bing’s Phoenix rises from Chinese construction sites

Xu Bing’s Phoenix rises from Chinese construction sites

Xu Bing - Phoenix

Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his work, Phoenix. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. It is a beautifully crafted symbol of the complex relationship between the labor force, accumulation of wealth, and history of China.
The internally illuminated 12-ton birds are suspended mid-air, dwarfing viewers; the male Phoenix Feng measures 90 feet long, while the female Huang reaches 100 feet in length, beak to (steel) tail feathers. Xu Bing is widely considered to be among the preeminent Chinese artists of today.

Xu Bing - Phoenix

Xu Bing - Phoenix

All photos by Hideo Sakata


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Gigantic breathing lotus flowers by Korean artist

Gigantic breathing lotus flowers by Korean artist

Choi Jeong Hwa - Perth International Art Festival - Moving Flower, 2012
Choi Jeong Hwa – Moving Flower, Perth International Art Festival, Australia, 2012

Korean artist and designer Choi Jeong Hwa is mostly known for his large lotus blossoms. With motorized fabric leaves opening and closing, simulating the movement of a live lotus flower, his sculptures are often installed in public space and create a link between the modern world and one of the most important cosmological symbols in Asia.

Check out the videos below to see his lotus blossoms in action or read more about Choi’s latest installation in Hong Kong.

About Choi Jeong Hwa

Choi Jeong Hwa is an artist and designer who works across many disciplines including art, graphic design, industrial design and architecture, using a broad range of media involving video, molded plastic, shopping trolleys, real and fake food, lights, wires and kitsch Korean artifacts. His playful practice comments on the privileged environment of art institutions and questions the prized status of artworks amidst a consumer-frenzied world.

Choi has participated in many biennials of contemporary art, including the Arsenale Kyiv (2012), the 17th Sydney Biennial (2010), the Gwangju Biennale (2006), the Venice Biennale – Korean pavilion (2005), the CP Biennale (2005), the Liverpool Biennial (2004), the Lyon Biennale (2003), the Yokohama Triennale (2001), the São Paulo Biennale (1998) and the Taipei Biennale (1998). Choi Jeong Hwa was born 1961 in Seoul, Korea. He lives and works in Seoul.

Choi Jeong Hwa - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Breathing Flower, 2016
Choi Jeong Hwa – Breathing Flower, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, 2016, Photo by Cassidy Hopkins

Choi Jeong Hwa - Civic Center Plaza San Francisco - Breathing Flower, 2012
Choi Jeong Hwa – Breathing Flower, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, USA, 2012

Choi Jeong Hwa - Civic Center Plaza San Francisco - Breathing Flower, 2012
Choi Jeong Hwa – Breathing Flower, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, USA, 2012

Choi Jeong Hwa - Kunsthalle Gwangju - Breathing Flower 거시기 What Is It, 2011
Choi Jeong Hwa – Breathing Flower 거시기 What Is It, Kunsthalle Gwangju, South Korea, 2011

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Large public sculptures by Yoshitomo Nara

Large public sculptures by Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara, White Ghost

Yoshitomo Nara, 2010, White Ghost

About Yoshitomo Nara’s sculptures
Yoshitomo Nara’s large fiberglass sculptures are usually glossy white and resemble komainu, mythical lion-like animal statues commonly placed at the entrance to shrines in Japan as guardians. The artist who often uses dogs and children as subjects in his work sometimes combines both, like in his work White Ghost.

About Yoshitomo Nara

Since the Japanese pop movement in the 1990s, Yoshitomo Nara has received international acclaim with his distinct figurative style. His drawings, paintings and sculptures can be seen in the permanent collections at MOMA, New York, CAC Malaga, Spain, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia and his largest sculpture, a 27’ high concrete dog is permanently installed at the Aomori Art Museum, Japan. His mixture of vulnerability, rebellion and hopefulness within his artworks connects intimately with people worldwide. Nara also shares a deep connection with his fans and is always finding creative ways to interact with the public.

Yoshitomo Nara, Aemori Ken
Yoshitomo Nara, Aomori-ken (Aomori dog)

Yoshitomo Nara, Aemori Ken
Yoshitomo Nara, 2002, 72 x 51 x 108 in. (182.88 x 129.54 x 274.32 cm)

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