Date posted: 2014.06.24
1600 Pandas hit PMQ and settle at their final Hong Kong destination for 3-week exhibition
“Panda Co-creation with Local Creatives” and “Hug-a-Panda” Programs Announced
Hong Kong, 24 June 2014 – Organized by PMQ and curated by AllRightsReserved, the “1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation” exhibition has finally arrived and settled at PMQ, the final destination of the pandas’ Hong Kong tour. Today Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngo, Chief Secretary of HKSAR, officiated the opening ceremony of the exhibition which is open to the public from 25 June until 17 July 2014. All 1600 Pandas are now stationed at PMQ for visitors to get up close to them and be inspired to actively promote the spirit of conservation and sustainable development.
Mr. Stanley Chu, Chairman of PMQ Management Limited, said: “PMQ is one of HKSAR government’s “Conserving Central” initiatives. The present site, after renovation, has established itself as a new landmark for the local creative industry. The grand opening of the site was witnessed by Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of HKSAR and other officials last Saturday. We strive to promote local creative culture and PMQ has successfully become a platform for local creative entrepreneurs and designers to showcase their talents. We are very proud to be the official organizer of the ‘1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation’ as well as being able to extend the idea of conservation and sustainable development through creativity into the community.”
‘Panda Co‐Creation with Local Creatives’ program
Close Contact with Paper Mache Pandas at “Hug-a-Panda”
1600 Panda adoption program continues the mission of public conservation
World’s first “Made-in-Hong Kong” Paper Mache Panda Workshop
Meanwhile, through a collaboration between Hongkong Land and the “Bless Hong Kong” campaign initiated by the Commission on Poverty – Societal Engagement Task Force, 500 children from underprivileged families, ethnic minority groups and the disabled community will be invited to make paper mache pandas in the workshop via the Social Welfare Department. Their work will also be displayed at the exhibition exclusively for the “Made-in-Hong Kong” pandas, spreading, harmony, creativity and conservation messages to the community.
“1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation” Organizer & Partners:
Paulo Grangeon is an enthusiastic French sculptor who has been active in his craft for more than 30 years. He, his wooden sculptures and stage designs have graced numerous countries in Europe and America, and eventually, around the world; Paulo was later recruited as a wood designer by an international brand, where he worked for almost 20 years. In 1997, Paulo was mesmerized by the Thai craft of papier-mâché and started his own ceramics and papier-mâché workshop in France, “Matiere Premiere”. He then frequented Thailand to further study the art. In 2008, Paulo was invited by the World Wildlife Fund to create the “1600 Panda” world tour. To date, he’s made more than ten thousand papier-mâché pandas in Thailand. Aside from pandas, Paulo is no stranger to other animals: in 2009 alone, he molded 120 papier-mâché whales for the Overseas Ministry of France and 200 papier-mâché black bears for Taiwan.
AllRightsReserved (ARR) is a Hong Kong-based creative studio established in November 2003. It always reaches out to wherever creativity springs. In 2014, ARR collaborated with world-renowned British artist Lawrence Argentalong to curate the world’s largest Panda art and charity project “I AM HERE”, in order to raise public awareness of panda conservation. The unprecedented 15-metre, 13-tonne, site-specific giant panda art installation was built directly into Chengdu IFS, differentiating this new landmark by fusing art with architecture. In 2013, “Rubber Duck Project – HK Tour”, the first public art exhibition ever curated in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, attracted international and local attention with overwhelmingly positive feedback. This March, ARR art-directed the special edition booklet for the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards. Other projects include “WE PRINT ORIGINALS”, the first large-scale 3D scanning and printing exhibition in Hong Kong, creative and art direction for the entire graphic visual system of West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre, and “100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” in 2012. Other solo exhibitions have featured Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun, American artist KAWS, Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama, etc.
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced conservation organizations, with a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. WWF-Hong Kong has been working since 1981 to deliver solutions for a living planet through Conservation, Footprint and Education programmes. In support of our global mission, WWF-Hong Kong’s vision is to transform Hong Kong into Asia’s most sustainable city where nature is conserved, carbon pollution is reduced, and consumption is environmentally responsible.
The “Bless Hong Kong” Campaign seeks to encourage community participation in poverty alleviation efforts as well as promote tripartite collaboration among the community, the business sector and the Government in assisting the underprivileged and increasing mutual help. The Campaign includes a series of community initiatives that share the message of “helping those in need, is a blessing in deed”.
Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) is a dedicated office set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to spearhead the development of Hong Kong’s creative industries. Set up in June 2009, CreateHK co-ordinates the Government policy regarding creative industries, focuses Government’s resources catering for the promotion and speeding up of the development of creative industries in Hong Kong, and works closely with the trade to boost the development of creative industries. CreateHK has a HK$6 million CreateSmart Initiative and a HK$3.2 million Film Development Fund to provide funding support to initiatives that are conducive to the development of Hong Kong’s creative industries and film sector.