Sub­vert ing sky­lines

Artist cuts holes in build­ings, slices up ships and now he’s perched a bus on top of The Penin­sula

Hong Kong Tatler - - Concierge The Buzz -

Richard Wil­son

y now most of us have caught a glimpse of the hair-rais­ing sculp­tural spec­ta­cle that is Richard Wil­son’s Hang On A Minute Lads … I’ve Got A Great Idea— a Bri­tish coach tee­ter­ing on the edge of The Penin­sula’s sev­enth-floor Sun Ter­race. The ground-break­ing public art in­stal­la­tion marks the be­gin­ning of a three-year col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Hong Kong ho­tel and artists from Lon­don’s Royal Academy of Arts. Over­look­ing The Penin­sula’s grand en­trance, the sculp­ture weighs in at al­most seven tonnes and, at its core, uses hy­draulic equip­ment pro­grammed to rock the bus by up to 12 de­grees at ran­dom in­ter­vals, giv­ing the im­pres­sion that it could plunge to the ground at any mo­ment from atop the ho­tel’s grand fa­cade. “The ul­ti­mate goal is to make some­thing struc­turally dar­ing, a spec­ta­cle tee­ter­ing on the edge of be­ing and not be­ing, and be­tween sta­bil­ity and col­lapse,” says Wil­son. “It speaks of the lim­its one wanted to go as an artist, and how dar­ing one is will­ing to be in terms of sculp­tural ideas.” The work is in­spired by a cliffhanger mo­ment in the 1969 Bri­tish heist movie The Ital­ian Job.

on the edge Richard Wil­son’s work perches pre­car­i­ously on The Penin­sula un­til April 8

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