Florentijn Hofman’s sculptures of monumental friendly animals are internationally famous, and his latest collaboration with UAP adds a giant panda to this portfolio.
▼自拍熊猫近景，a close view to the Selfie Panda © Rex Zou
Selfie Panda is a colossal artwork at 26m long, 13m wide and 13m high, offering the interactive capability to takes ‘selfies’ with the public. The work is a direct reference to the ongoing conservation efforts to protect the species by creating a clever social commentary, offering large scale community engagement and attracting global attention.
▼“自拍熊猫”躺在都江堰仰天窝广场中央，the Selfie Panda lies on the Yangtianwo Plaza in Dujiangyan © Rex Zou
▼俯视，aerial view © Rex Zou
▼设计草图，sketch © Florentijn Hofman
UAP was engaged by the client from the onset of this project, developing a curatorial scope followed by the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of the work. Over 3 million strands of painted wire were screwed into the perforated aluminium body of the sculpture to create a tactile and weatherproof fur coat. The selfie stick showcases a large programmed LED screen with a camera embedded into it, emulating a real phone. Visitors are encouraged to take selfies via a custom developed mobile application.
▼夜景，night view © Rex Zou