The Wishing Stars
Organised by Lee Tung Avenue
"The Wishing Stars" installation, which will be exhibited at Lee Tung Avenue from 5 December 2023 to 14 January 2024, is the creation of local cross media artist Victor Wong, and one of the satellite events of BODW CityProg. Wong is the visual effects director behind many films, including Fearless, CJ7, Initial D and Let the Bullets Fly, and has won the Best Visual Effects Award in the Hong Kong Film Awards and Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards more than once.
In recent years, Wong has been experimenting with digital art and exploring different possibilities of combining modern technology with traditional art. His portfolio includes the invention of "A.I. Gemini", the first-ever artificial intelligent (AI) ink artist in the world, and participation in the production of FINAL FANTASY, one of the world's bestselling games. Back in 2020, Wong collaborated with Lee Tung Avenue for the first time and created the world's first large-scale AI butterfly light art installation "Butterflies of Hope". This year, the two are teaming up again to spread hope and magic through "The Wishing Stars".
Made with over a million acrylic beads, "The Wishing Stars" is an intricate work. As soon as visitors step into the "Corridor of Wishes", which stretches along the 200-metre-long tree-lined pedestrian walkway, they will be transported to a dazzling world of hope and happiness, away from the humdrum of day-to-day life. Wishing stars and snowflakes hanging above shimmer to add a touch of magic to the surroundings. Once visitors reach the Central Piazza, they will be greeted by a fantastical sight: a fivemetre-wide mega Christmas star, surrounded by iridescent clouds and shooting stars of varying sizes. Throughout the hours, the art installation transforms, reflecting sunlight to sparkle like jewels, while at night, lighting effects illuminate the structures with colours of the rainbow. Regardless of the time, "The Wishing Stars" captivates viewers, providing inspiration and a sense of bliss.
Wong sees the rainbow as a miracle performed by nature and a symbol of good luck. The seven colours of the rainbow are believed to represent different positive qualities: red for love, orange for creativity, yellow for wisdom, green for health, blue for truth, indigo for loyalty and purple for royalty. They inspire people with hope and optimism in times of difficulties. Wong hopes that when people pass by Lee Tung Avenue and see the giant wishing star, they will be given hope and strength to pursue their dreams and realise their wishes.
Victor Wong said: "When I first collaborated with Lee Tung Avenue in 2020 to create the 'Butterflies of Hope' AI light art installation, my intention was to bring hope to people. This year, we find ourselves working together again to create 'The Wishing Stars', a Christmas art installation. I hope like the previous work, it will inspire people with joy and positive energy by creating a visually striking experience that will captivate its viewers and make them forget their worries in this festive time of year.”
The above information is provided by BODW CityProg Partner Lee Tung Avenue.
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