Mobile M+: INFLATION!
Tues – Thurs: 12pm to 7pm
Fri – Sun: 11am to 8pm
During Art Basel Hong Kong: May 23 to 26, 10am to 8pm
Venue: West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade
The basic bouncy-house concept has officially been brought to an entirely new level. Turner Prize-winning British artist Jeremy Deller created Sacrilege, an interactive work on which visitors may bounce to their hearts’ content. As a co-commission between the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and the Mayor of London, the work is a full-size inflatable replica of the world-famous monument Stonehenge. Sacrilege initially appeared in Glasgow to tour as part of the London 2012 Festival and was unveiled last week at Hong Kong’s Mobile M+: Inflation!.
Sacrilege is set on the West Kowloon promenade, the prospective site of the West Kowloon Cultural District, alongside five additional massive inflatable sculptures designed by other local and international artists. The installation is built of a 35-meter wide artificial green grass base and inflatable moss-covered slabs measuring seven meters high. The structure establishes a stark contrast to Hong Kong’s profoundly urbanized setting and creates a fantasy landscape inside the metropolis.
Deller set out to offer audiences an opportunity to reacquaint themselves with history utilizing a high-spirited approach. The M+ exhibition, one of the leading contemporary art exhibitions set in the city, emphasizes potential possibilities for multi-disciplinary art programs on the site in preparation of the park’s 2014 opening.