From late April to early June last year, the Tsim Tsa Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong was the scene of much excitement as a giant yellow rubber duck sat on the waters near the Harbour City mall. The novel installation by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman drew hundreds of thousands of locals as well as tourists from across the region.
Now, what can top that! Well, how about hundreds of handmade papier-mache pandas? No kidding, this is exactly what the city will soon have and trigger a mass fervor similar to last year.
A total of 1,600 papier-mache pandas, created by French artist Paulo Grangeon, will be exhibited for free in Hong Kong in June, the Metro Daily reported Tuesday. They will be seen in a dozen locations, including Lantau Island, Kowloon, New Territories, Sha Tin Racecourse, the international airport, and the Ocean Park.
Before Hong Kong, the pandas had already been to several places worldwide, including France, Netherland, Switzerland and Taiwan. The largest panda figure is about 30 centimeters in width while the smallest is only 18 cm. This time there will be four pandas specially designed for Hong Kong, such as a Buddha panda.
The exhibition is aimed at sending the message of co-existence of human beings and the nature. All the related income will be donated to the Hong Kong branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for the purposes of environment protection and education, according to the report.
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