As part of its year-long 50th anniversary festivities in 2022, Swire Properties has launched an exciting line-up of world-class arts programmes which celebrates the campaign’s theme of “ORIGINAL. ALWAYS.” and features collaborations with a host of hand-picked renowned and up-and-coming artists.
Spanning contemporary and digital art, these programmes and forward-thinking artists are the epitome of originality and are set to provide exceptional and immersive arts and culture experiences for local communities.
They include: the addition of “Shelf II”, a major
new sculpture by internationally-renowned contemporary artist Antony Gormley, to Swire Properties’ permanent art collection; a Non-Fungible token (NFT) Artwork Collection, limited-edition and specially created together with ten local and international digital artists, to be gifted as free art drops later this year; and “Orbstellar”, an immersive space-travel-themed installation at Pacific Place where audiences can experience the wonders and mysteries of the galaxy.
To celebrate 10 years of collaboration with Art Basel Hong Kong, which will take place from 27 to 29 May, Swire Properties’ VIP lounge this year is set to feature a custom-made space designed by local architectural studio ESKYIU. “Bags: Inside Out”, the critically-acclaimed exhibition by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), will continue its tour to five of the Company’s retail centres as a kick-off of the Company’s 50th anniversary celebratory programme.
Tim Blackburn, Chief Executive of Swire Properties said, “Originality and creativity are integral parts of our placemaking efforts. Over the past half century, this approach has inspired us to enrich local neighbourhoods and make art and culture a part of everyday life. Our developments are renowned for effortlessly combining these elements to create places where people can thrive. I can’t think of a better way to continue our anniversary celebrations than by sharing such inspiring experiences with our communities.”
Swire Properties 50th Anniversary Arts Programmes Highlights
Entering its 10th year of partnership with Art Basel Hong Kong, Swire Properties will offer an open and accessible space for art enthusiasts to connect and unwind during the event. Designed by Hong Kong architectural studio ESKYIU, the Company’s VIP Lounge “PROPAGATION”, anchored by the Kissing Bench by artist Alison Crowther, will showcase a special tribute to the how the arts enliven communities.
Swire Properties is also set to add “Shelf II”, a major new sculpture by Antony Gormley – one of the world’s leading contemporary artists – to its extensive and diverse public art collection. The “Shelf II” sculpture reflects the artist’s investigation of the human body, and will be displayed at Taikoo Place for the community to enjoy after the completion of the Taikoo Place Redevelopment Project.
Further exploring the themes of originality and creativity, the Company has commissioned ten artists to create the 50th Anniversary Art NFT Collection that articulates their unique styles inspired by the “originality” theme. These works will be available later this year as free art drops. Artists hail from Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States and include: Benzilla, Chris Cheung (h0nh1m), William Furniss, Kongkee, Keiken, Diela Maharanie, XENON, Natalie Wong, Daniel Maltzman and Ziyang Wu.
Artech at its best, Orbstellar, is an immersive NFT galactic-themed installation created by local artist Chris Cheung. Appearing at Pacific Place commencing this summer, this installation blends art and technology, and visitors can embark on an ‘intergalactic space adventure’, bask in ‘cosmic energy’, have their senses tingled as they explore 3D celestial bodies and orbs, and even co-create NFTs.
What’s more, Swire Properties recently launched the inaugural Asian tour of the critically-acclaimed exhibition, “Bags: Inside Out” by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Available to audiences in the Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong, this programme kicked off the Company’s year-long 50th anniversary festivities. The exhibition is currently touring at Swire Properties’ landmark retail centres in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Hong Kong.