Rising Tide, China by cnS

Public interaction and urban landmarks

Project Specs


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Dongjiang Star Vanke Shouzhu Plaza is located in Wanjiang, Dongguan District at the intersection of the three main roads, Hongyuan Road, Harbor Avenue and Hongfu West Road. It is the centre of Wanjiang. The government hopes there’ll be a landmark sculpture to indicate its orientation. Therefore, when this project is being conceived, it is required to respond to the local history culture and the expressions of place names. Dongguan Vanke Group as the contractor of the project does hope the expressive form could be as contemporary as possible.

▼装置夜景,night view of the installation ©温晓之

基于两方面的诉求,通过对万江地区历史以及资料的整理, 在对场地做出回应的同时,将地图抽象以及万江区最为重要的“水”作为主题元素,有了“潮起万江”的初步概念。

▼设计草图,concept sketches ©竖梁社

Based on the two requirements and the research of the history data of Wanjiang region, the abstracted map and the most important “river” in Wanjiang District were used as the theme elements to respond to the site, and the preliminary concept of “Rising Tide” was formed.

▼装置夜景外观,night view of the installation ©温晓之

▼夜景航拍,top view of the installation at night ©温晓之



▼设计深化爆炸图,exploded axon ©竖梁社

Finally, the art installation is 17.5 meters long, 8 meters wide and 9 meters high. The surface of the base is made of corrugated stainless steel. The upper part of the device was composed of more than 100,000 rods to shape the abstract outline of the map of Wanjiang. There are 1600 round stainless steel air moving slices with a diameter of 210 mm supported by stainless steel rods with a diameter of 8 mm. When the wind sways, the light and shadow reflected by the air moving slices form a flowing blue light sea. The sound also gives the effect of wind chimes.

In the design of the logo word “Wanjiang”, we break the conventional presentation. We scatter the texts and use the deconstruction concept to place them in different frame layers. In the front elevation, it is the complete word “Wanjiang”. As the view point shifts, the visual effect presents a more abstract pixel-like change.

▼装置航拍图,从顶部角度显现”万江”主题,top view of the installation, the topic of “Wanjiang” is expressed from the top ©温晓之

▼解构后的“万江”字体,the logo word “Wanjiang” created by the deconstruction ©温晓之 concept

▼杆件和圆形不锈钢风动片,the rods and the round stainless steel air moving slices ©温晓之

▼基座表面采用波纹不锈钢,the surface of the base is made of corrugated stainless steel ©温晓之


The installation was officially completed in November 2019. It was focused on the experiential perception of space, evoking the relationship of local humanistic elements and using the sculpture as a method to communicate emotionally between the regional topic and humanities. A new attempt was made in the formal language of landmark art installations.

▼装置夜景鸟瞰,bird-eye’s view of the installation at night ©温晓之


Project name: Rising Tide
Design: cicada art (cnS)
Design year & Completion Year: 2019/07-2019/11
Leader designer & Team: Luo zian, Song gang, Chen dong, Wu yuanhuan
Project location: Vanke Plaza, the first casting in Wanjiang District, Dongguan City, Guangdong Province
Gross Built Area (square meters): Site of 140 quare meters
Photo credits: Xiaozhi Wen
Partners: Master Tomorrow
Clients: Dongguan Vanke Real Estate Co., Ltd.

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