12-Metre Art Installation by French Artist JR Takes Over Harbour City
March 17, 2023
This Arts Month in Hong Kong, Harbour City mall in Tsim Sha Tsui is playing host to a giant public art installation titled "GIANTS: Rising Up", created by renowned French artist JR.
The artwork, on display at Ocean Terminal Deck from Mar. 13 to Apr. 23, is part of the city's Arts Month celebration. This 12-meter-high and 12-meter-wide installation depicts the silhouette of an athlete in a high jump position suspended in mid-air, interacting with the surrounding architecture to create a surrealistic effect.
The artist used bamboo scaffolding instead of metal scaffolding to add a touch of traditional Hong Kong craftsmanship to the artwork. The sculpture also appears to be a reference to JR's 2016 installation at the Rio Olympics.
JR, who has over 1.7 million Instagram followers, is well-known for his oversized black and white installations in public spaces. JR's works have been shown in over 40 cities and displayed in more than 80 exhibitions, including at the Musée du Louvre and the Panthéon in Paris, Palazzo Farnese in Rome, and the Pyramid of Khafre in Giza.
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