Antony Gormley: Event Horizon, 19 Nov 2015 — 18 May 2016

Antony Gormley: Event Horizon

Event Horizon is the most extensive public art installation ever seen in Hong Kong with support from visionary landlords and welcomed by the HKSAR Government.

The work was originally conceived in 2007 when for the first time over half of the planet’s human population were recorded as living in cities.

Thirty one sculptures looking out into space will be installed at both street level and building tops across Hong Kong’s Central and Western districts, questioning how the built world relates to an inherited earth.

Hong Kong is a metropolis with an intriguing skyline. With densely packed skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island rising up between the mountains and the harbor, it is not difficult to appreciate that urbanism is etched to the psyche of the city and its people.

It is, therefore, particularly fitting for award winning and internationally acclaimed British artist, Sir Antony Gormley, to bring his renowned public art project, Event Horizon, to Hong Kong. Presented by British Council and welcomed by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Event Horizon is about exploring and reflecting the relationship between people and the world they live in.

One of Sir Antony‘s human size sculptures will be installed at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, which continues its role as an outdoor gallery for the community to appreciate art in a unique way.

When passing by or looking up at these art installations, the thirty-one sculptures mounted at both street level and building tops across the Central and Western District, invite to reflect on the environment – both building and natural around us.

It is also worth mentioning that Hong Kong is the first city in Asia chosen to showcase Event Horizon, where Sir Antony shares with Asia Society the mission to provide insight, generate ideas, and promote collaboration in the fields of arts and culture, business, policy, and education to address present challenges and create a future with more social interactions to contrast the phenomenon of phubbing – people busy at looking down their mobile devices instead of paying attention to their surroundings.

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