Richard Wilson & The Italian Job – Is this bus falling off a roof?

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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

Published on: Friday December 18, 2015

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Richard Wilson’s coach artwork in 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 Legionnaire1 coach that looks as if it is teetering precariously on the edge threatening to fall off The Peninsula’s seventh-floor.

How did it work?

The sculpture was inspired by classic 1969 British heist movie ‘The Italian Job2. The dynamic sculpture weighs six tons at its core, and uses hydraulic equipment that makes the coach rock by up to 12 degrees at irregular 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.

How did viewers react?

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.

About Richard Wilson

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

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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

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

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

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

All images by Richard Wilson/richardwilsonsculptor.com unless otherwise noted.

Stills from the movie The Italian Job, 1962

Still from the movie The Italian Job, 1962
Still from the movie “The Italian Job”, 1962

Still from the movie The Italian Job, 1962
Still from the movie “The Italian Job”, 1962

Still from the movie The Italian Job, 1962
Still from the movie “The Italian Job”, 1962

Video

Richard Wilson’s installation in Hong Kong

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The Italian Job – Cliffhanger Scene

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Related works

Related readings

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrington_Legionnaire
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Italian_Job
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