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Human sculptures grace Hong Kong in Event Horizon

For six months, Hong Kong will be part of the largest ever public art installation the city has ever seen as Event Horizon sees 31 human style sculptures dotted across buildings and streets.

Conceived by British artist Antony Gormley, Event Horizon officially launched on November 19 and remind be a part of the Hong Kong cityscape until May 18, 2016. The most extensive public art installation ever seen in the city, Event Horizon brings Hong Kongers a chance to see their city in new and unique ways.

The 31 sculptures have been installed at both street level and, quite strikingly, stop buildings across a kilometre wide zone of the city’s Central and Western district.

“Event Horizon captures the particular time of a particular body: a subjective place,” says artist and creator Antony Gormley. “The principle dynamic of the work is the relationship between imagination and the horizon, involving the citizen in a game of seeking and perhaps finding. Beyond those figures that you can actually see, how many more are out of sight? Where is the meeting place of earth and sky? Event Horizon engages Hong Kongers in the desire to look up and look again at familiar places in a new way, inviting reflection on human nature and our place in the wider scheme of things.”

Presented in collaboration between the British Council Hong Kong with support from partner K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong is the first Asian city to stage the installation, which previously impressed viewers in London, Rotterdam, New York, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

For Hong Kong, Event Horizon is being complimented by an education and outreach program, which includes activities and support tools for students, teachers and interested public.

Photography by Oak Taylor-Smith

Event Horizon