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HKU 111th Anniversary
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Who
The University of Hong Kong
What
Public Art Installation Design & Build - 12m W x 2.4m H x 1m L
When
July 2022 – Built
Where
Centennial Garden, The University of Hong Kong
Team
Arnold Wong & Tat Lai Wong with Ching Man Tai
Collaborators
Jervois One (Public Relations)
Joshua Production (Photography & Videography)
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Why
This artwork to celebrate the 111th anniversary of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is created through one continuous wrapping form that celebrates the long history and continuity of HKU within the education sector of the city. The words “HKU” are spelt out in a circular form that encourages interaction and communication within members of the HKU community, as well as blending in seamlessly with the circular brick wall and landscape of the Centennial Garden. The pure and elegant white colour of the “HKU” contrasts with the gold gradient patterns that represent HKU’s dedication to excellence and subtly spell out the symbolic numbers of “111”. A closer look reveals that the gold gradient patterns are made up of the letters “H” “K” and “U” respectively to add a deeper level of detail and greater connection to the work for all visitors. As one explores inside each letter, they are also greeted with the names of the 8 faculties that make up HKU. At night, the artwork changes appearance with a multi-coloured animated lightshow that celebrates the university’s multi-cultural and diverse environment for education.
此藝術裝置為慶祝香港大學111週年而誕生,以延綿不斷的一體化的曲面造型向港大悠久的歷史及其對教育界無間斷的投入致敬。「HKU」一詞蜿蜒成一個圓弧,鼓勵港大成員互動及溝通,並和百周年紀念花園標誌性的圓弧磚牆融為一體。藝術裝置的主體「HKU」以純潔優雅的白色為基調,與上面的金色漸層圖案作出對比。金色漸層圖案代表止於至善的大學精神,並低調地拼出主題數字「111」。致知在格物,近距離細看會發現金色的漸層圖案由「H」、「K」和「U」三個英文字母組成,為整體設計增添另一重細節,以加強參觀者和作品間的連結。於三個字母間瀏覽穿梭的時候,參觀者亦可看見為港大八大學院的名稱。入夜後,藝術裝置中五彩十色的光影交錯,以頌揚港大的多元文化及教學環境。