AaaM Architects were invited by Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMOA) and lead artist & architect Billy Tam to create a trilogy urban artwork for the reopening of the museum after four years of renovation. “Rediscovering Landscape” trilogy is located in Salisbury Garden at the end of Nathan Road, a major business street in the heart of Kowloon Peninsula and marks the entrance art square for HKMOA.
▼视频，the video © AaaM Architects
With a series of spatial experiences and journey of exploration, the installation trilogy including “Immersion”, “To engage, to compose” and “Transcendence”, opens up the dialogue between the Victoria Harbour, the world famous skyline and the mountainscape behind. The artworks will be exhibited outside the museum all through the year.
▼三部曲之《山中寻》，“Immersion” © Tugo Cheng Photo
▼三部曲之《众山阅》，“To engage, to compose” © Tugo Cheng Photo
▼三部曲之《水中山》，“Transcendence” © Tugo Cheng Photo
▼《山中寻》概念草图，the sketch of “Immersion” © AaaM Architects
“Immersion” lies at the end of the main axis of the Kowloon Peninsula, marking the beginning of the trilogy. The undulating installations lead people from the concrete jungle to imaginary mountains, and raise the curtains for a hanging scroll, which one can step into and explore. The line-drawn curved frames outline tiers of peaks from a distance and hollow waves close up, which are in dialogue with the skyscrapers across the harbour.
▼三部曲的起点，《山中寻》，“Immersion”, marking the beginning of the trilogy © Kris Provoost Photo
With precise overlay of curvilinear geometrical frames and application of radiating paint finish, the peaks change colour as you walk close to them. Expressing how the full-colour cityscape and ink landscape converge and overlap, they inspire thoughts that transcend past and present. Double images and changing hues are dynamic, transforming the seasonal changes into repeated interactions within the urban environment. Immersion invites the audience to step in, hold their breath, and look back, where they will find another cityscape amidst the intricate urban veins.
▼走近单体，walking close to the “Immersion” © Tugo Cheng Photo
▼景观和人的互动，interaction with the installation © Kris Provoost Photo
▼从景观中看城市，view of the surroundings from the installation © Kris Provoost Photo
▼《众山阅》概念草图，the sketch of “To engage, to compose” © AaaM Architects
“To engage, to compose” continues the three-chapter journey as the mid chapter. Affinity is created by gradually shrinking the hills and transforming the outdoor space into a rockery urban furniture commonly seen in classical landscaping.
▼亲和感的山体，gradually shrinking the hills © Kris Provoost Photo
The naturally curved framework echoes that of the first chapter. The audience can lean against them to rest and quietly experience the current moment. Shifting the focus back to the external environment, we can observe the city and its people as they become part of the surrounding landscape scene. The peaks on the two turntables in the centre invite audience to immerse themselves in and take ownership of art. They can recompose the mountains to establish different relationships with the surrounding urban environment. On one hand, the mountains are for leisure and appreciation; on the other, they can change to create dialogue with people. They can start myriad life stories, enabling the integration of landscape art and the vicissitudes of life. To engage, to compose allows the landscape to change constantly.
▼走近单体，walking close to the installation © Tugo Cheng Photo
▼景观和人的互动，the interaction © Kris Provoost Photo
▼满足儿童使用的尺度，the scale for children © Kris Provoost Photo
▼景观与城市，connections between the installation and surroundings © AaaM Architects
“Transcendence” although being the finale of the installation trilogy, it raises the curtain for a series of art appreciation experiences at the HKMoA with abstract spatial elements – searching for mountains in the city and connect the people. The mountains and waterways share a common origin. There are peaks in the water and water on the peaks. Transcendence explores the inseparable relationship between mountains and waterways. Peaks that rear up from their base are suddenly floating in mid-air, and they come together to form rivers with shadows and waves.
▼终章，《水中山》，”Transcendence”, the finale of the installation trilogy © Kris Provoost Photo
The floating framework returns to a subtle and solemn ink tone, forming a painting with overlapping shadows, and changing with the orbit of the sun and moon, transforming the art installation into a dynamic cityscape. Natural light and shadows serve as ink; the four seasons serve as brushstrokes; and day and night form the subject, adding a final brushstroke of nature to the hanging scroll in front of the HKMoA and opening a doorway to art.
▼走近单体，walking close to the installation © Tugo Cheng Photo
▼与景观的互动，the interaction © Kris Provoost Photo
▼透过景观看城市，view of the surroundings through the installation © Kris Provoost Photo
▼细部，details © Tugo Cheng Photo
▼夜景，night view © Kris Provoost Photo
▼与城市街景遥相呼应，transforming the art installation into a dynamic cityscape © Kris Provoost Photo
▼场景序列，sequential experience © AaaM Architects
▼流线推敲，the skyline © AaaM Architects
▼《山中寻》立面图，elevation of “Immersion” © AaaM Architects
▼《众山阅》立面图，elevation of “To engage, to compose” © AaaM Architects
▼《水中山》立面图，elevation of “Transcendence” © AaaM Architects
展览时期: 30/11/2019 – 30/09/2019
EXHIBITION PERIOD: 30 November 2019 – 30 September 2020
VENUE: Art Square, Salisbury Garden, Hong Kong Museum of Art
Commissioned by: Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Curated by: Billy Tam
AREA: ~100 sqm
PROJECT YEAR: 2019
PROJECT TYPE: Public Art & Lighting installation
Partner-in-charge: Shuyan Chan, Kevin Siu, Bob Pang
Team: Sherman Sun, Allan Chong, Priscilla Ng, Victoria Dong
Structural Consultant: Lead Projects Ltd.
Lighting Consultant: Suen Kwok
Graphic Designer: Leona Lung
Contractor: Program Cotractors Ltd.
Lighting Contractor: Megaman (HK) Electrical & Lighting Ltd