Artist finally finds use for old mooncake boxes, builds huge pagoda
There's a Chinese pagoda made out of 600 mooncake boxes currently on display in Hong Kong as part of William Lim's solo exhibition.
Mooncakes are the traditional food eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival when Chinese people celebrate the full moon, the harvest and family.
Lim's 4.5-meter tower is made from layers of plywood and empty tin boxes for mooncakes collected from a recycling program. It is held together by nothing but the tension of four steel cables
The pagoda is born out of Lim's triumvirate of passions: art, architecture and Hong Kong culture.
It's fun, simple and so Chinese.
"I don't feel that art is something that has to be very heavy or deep in meaning," said Lim. "The children's interpretation of my art is very natural, they feel it's very enjoyable and it's fun. That's how I like people to react."
That's what has made Lim one of Hong Kong's favorite artists.
The man behind design firm CL3 Architects and the co-chairman of Para/Site Art Space, Lim also represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale in 2010 and created a Guinness World Record for largest sculpture made of lanterns in 2011.
The current exhibition “Space Journey: William Lim, A Decade of Installations” showcases Lim's best works and is on until September 2 at ArtisTree.
Although not all of Lim's gigantic works could be recreated for this show -- "Lantern Wonderland 2011" is a 37-meter-long fish sculpture made of lanterns -- there are some great documentaries on the construction process for large scale works.
The actual mooncake pagoda is on display though, as well as Lim's signature installations "Illegal Entry," "Drifting Pavilion" and "Elastic Streetscape."
“Space Journey: William Lim, A Decade of Installations” until September 2. Free admission. ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, TaiKoo Place, Island East, Hong Kong; +852 2844 5095; www.islandeast.com
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