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- Renowned French artist JR unveils his first monumental artwork "GIANTS" in Asia, titled "GIANTS: Rising Up" at Harbor City shopping mall, during Hong Kong Art Month
HONG KONG, March 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Harbor City, Hong Kong's largest shopping mall, invited renowned French artist JR to create his first "GIANTS" artwork in Asia, titled "GIANTS: Rising Up " from March 13 to April 23, 2023 at Ocean Terminal Deck. The gigantic art installation depicts a supersized high jumper floating in the air alongside Hong Kong's iconic Victoria Harbour, her body gracefully tilted and her head thrown back looking towards the fabulous horizon.
Famed artist JR, who has amassed more than 1.7 million Instagram followers, returns to Hong Kong with his imposing art installation after his last visit ten years ago. This 12 meter high and 12 meter wide installation skilfully interacts with the environment. The high jump athlete seems to jump off the ground and enjoys the feeling of free fall. This athletic gesture, shares JR, "is an invitation to take off, to achieve more, in reference to the GIANTS installation at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games", which represented three anonymous athletes with their perfect gestures around the city and was well received. by the public.
The immense installation is done by probing the iconic black and white portraits atop the intricate arrangement of scaffolding. JR especially adds a Hong Kong touch to this artwork, fusing traditional architectural craftsmanship - bamboo scaffolding for the first time, instead of relying solely on metal scaffolding.
JR is notably known for his large black and white installation showcasing his profound optical illusion art and photo installations in public spaces to engage people in the community. His works have been shown in more than 40 cities with more than 80 impressive exhibitions, including the Louvre Museum in Paris, Farnese Palace in Rome, Khafre's Pyramid in Giza, etc.
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