Float­ing an Idea


Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

Natalie and Diego Gon­za­lez Rainy Chan, Elaine Mar­den and Olivia Toth Kris­tine Li and Kate Dong Anto Mar­den Ax­elle de Buf­févent, Kai-yin Lo and Frantz Hot­ton This year marked the fourth edi­tion of Love Art at The Penin­sula, the ho­tel’s ac­claimed pub­lic art ini­tia­tive, an an­nual col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Royal Acad­emy of Arts in Lon­don. The Ir­ish-bri­tish con­tem­po­rary artist Michael Craig-martin was cho­sen for this year’s project, which co­in­cided with Art Basel in Hong Kong. His sculp­ture Bright Idea, a vi­brant yel­low, four-me­tre-high out­line of a light bulb, was in­stalled above the foun­tain in the ho­tel’s fore­court as if float­ing.

A cham­pagne and canapés re­cep­tion, ac­com­pa­nied by the 1920s tunes of the ho­tel’s band, was held in the grand lobby of The Penin­sula to launch the in­stal­la­tion. A four­course din­ner fol­lowed, with short, witty speeches between courses by Craig-martin and Tim Mar­low, the direc­tor of artis­tic pro­grammes at the Royal Acad­emy. “We all need a lit­tle bit of op­ti­mism these days, don’t we?” Mar­low quipped to Craig-martin. “A light bulb seemed to me the per­fect item for The Penin­sula,” Craig-martin said. “It rep­re­sents many things, from light to warmth, but also, fig­u­ra­tively, the con­cept of spark­ing an idea. Per­haps even a Bright Idea.”

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