Wharfâ€™s Chongqing International Finance Square (Chongqing IFS) has partnered with renowned Italian artist and architect, Simone Carena and ethnic Chinese artist, Yihong Hsu, unveiling a original public installation artwork, “LOVE.FOUND.”, just in time for Chinese Valentineâ€™s day.
Since the development of the IFS project series in China, Wharf has been striving to promote art, culture and the philosophy of “integrating business with art, integrating culture into city life”. Each IFS aims to continue to introduce independent, original and unique public art piece that resonate with the city’s culture and characteristics.
“LOVE.FOUND.” is a collaborative work between the two artists, blending artistic aesthetic with commercial design concepts. This visually stunning work is composed of camellias, the city flower of Chongqing, and a giant panda, China’s national treasure and friendship ambassador. The large camellia tree is symbolic of vitality. The giant panda holding the camellia flower represents the sharing of the beauty of Chongqing with the world, while encouraging people to seek for happiness and share their love of life with others.
Simone Carena, founder of MOTOElastico Studio, said: “The beautiful scenery of Chongqing is impressive, and it’s very meaningful for me to debut my first artwork in China in such a beautiful place. This work not only blends artistic aesthetic but also integrates commercial design concepts. It combines Yihong Hsu’s and my understanding of art and Chinese culture, as well as our feeling about the city.”
The entire artwork took the artists more than 300 days to create, from concept to completion. In this 6.5-meter-tall and 16-ton artwork, the camellia tree is made of steel tree trunks and 100 red camellia flowers, which has been installed on the northeast side of the outdoor piazza on the third floor of Chongqing IFS.
While the 12-meter-long panda weights nearly 7 tons, with a body made of stainless steel. The surface of the panda has been finished in chrome to mirror the contours of the surrounding space and the changes of the outside world, allowing the surrounding urban environment to be integrated dynamically into the work. The artwork lies in a comfortable setting on the roof of the shopping mall, creating a sense of joy and happiness.
Christina Hau, general manager (Operations) of Wharf China Estates Limited said: “The completion of ‘LOVE.FOUND.’ is a new, successful milestone for Chongqing IFS in its ongoing mission to bring international artistic creations to the local market, and is a manifestation of the artistic dialogue between Chongqing and the world.”
Chongqing IFS, as the new city center stage of luxury, fashion and lifestyle, has been actively promoting dialogue between the city and the world through international cultural and artistic activities, including: “City on Cardboard”, a collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Chengdu to promote a culture of international environmentalism and art in Chongqing; as well as “Color up Your Life” Graffiti Campaign, to promote communication between local art students and international graffiti artists.