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Artistic collaborators Craig Redman and Karl Maier (better known as Craig & Karl) are making waves in Asia. Craig is based in New York City, and Karl in London, but they’ve set their eyes on Hong Kong with their latest creation. While the pair is known for working in many mediums, this latest project is a huge installation to delight citygoers of all ages.
The project? A giant, colorful playground titled “Prismatic.” Oh yeah, and you’re totally allowed to play in it, too.
“Prismatic” is a part of the “Vivid Tsuen Wan” initiative, which is organized through the Tourism Commission’s Design District Hong Kong (#ddHK) program. Every year, a new neighborhood in Hong Kong is chosen for #ddHK, which commissions artists to make public design installations that draw attention to the uniqueness of this area and community. For Vivid Tsuen Wan, seven temporary public art installations have been set up. They’re placed so that people can visit all of them in a single route, seeing the neighborhood in a new light.
“We think Tsuen Wan has a lot of potential to become an emerging tourist spot,” said #ddHK Vivid Tusen Wan Project Manager Iris Ip. “It is easily accessible through the MTR or buses. It also has a lot of attractive offerings.
For “Prismatic,” Craig & Karl designed a piece that would enable a newfound way of exploring the urban Sai Lau Kok Garden. They played with geometry and color to create a kaleidoscope for adults and kids to immerse themselves in.
“We were inspired by the diversity of Tsuen Wan,” said the two. “The old and the new coming together, to create an environment that captured that energy with a sense of things coming together and building on each other.”
The exhibition shows off compelling “Op Art” graphics, which are laid across the bridge to access the garden, the balcony and the play area. Guests are encouraged to interact with the sculptures and other artistic features there, like the various planters, block-like structures, sitting areas and even a working playground spinner! Plus, it’s a great starting point for a Vivid Tsuen Wan walking tour.
You can check out “Prismatic” through September 14.