Into the woods

By Chitralekha Basu | HK EDITION | Updated: 2022-09-09 16:56
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Zheng Bo sketching a tree at Tai Kwun on summer solstice day. [PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY]

The Zen zone

While the sheer scale and technical finesse of Treehugger boggle the mind, another nature-themed immersive installation shown in Hong Kong recently, seeks to create a meditative space for quiet contemplation. Solis Occasus (The setting sun), created by cross-disciplinary artist Wong Chi-yung, and presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is a massive, semicircular, illuminated sculpture erected inside an otherwise dark theater. Once the audience members have found their feet — for the ground is covered with layers of minuscule pieces of cork — and settled down, a haunting tune (composed by An Ton That) begins to play. The installation, made from dry twigs piled up inside a crescent-shaped, metallic structure with a facade of vertical iron bars, is instantly turned into a screen with a panoramic view across which dark silhouettes of fish swim, ducks paddle, wild dogs roam and herds of elephants amble.

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