HK$23 million: that’s how much money the Hong Kong Tourism Board is throwing into this year’s Pulse Light Festival, which officially launched last week. Available from now till 24 February 2019, the city’s first-ever ‘international light art display’ will feature 18 creative light art installations from award-wining local and international artists around the globe.
The open-air festival at Central Harbourfront comes in conjunction with a whole slew of music and entertainment, as well as winter celebration activities happening across the city. Look forward to A Symphony of Lights that sees 42 buildings and attractions like the Tower 535 and Hong Kong Observation Wheel contributing their own lighting and sound installations. On select dates, visitors can expect rooftop pyrotechnics from Harbour Centre, Harcourt House, and Cheung Kong Center.
Overseas artists come from 11 countries that include Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the USA. Their luminescent displays are set to offer a futuristic interactive experience, in addition to Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. From Hong Kong, art group Daydreamers has recreated the city’s iconic neon signs in Bat and Coin. The work draws particular inspiration from the signs used by pawn shops, which represent happiness and profit. Forming a journey through an ‘infinite’ tunnel of arches, visitors walking through can feel the radiance of Hong Kong’s streets.
In Belgium artist Tom Dekyvere’s Our House, he utilises hundreds of metres of light-emitting rope that are tied together to form a network. Reflecting togetherness and joyfulness but also friction and tension, this network is a reflection of modern society, which merges with nature and the way in which people express themselves. Incidentally, Brocken 6A by Japan’s Yasuhiro Chida is inspired by a natural light phenomenon — the mysterious Brocken spectre. The ‘ghost’ consists of a shadow of a person that has been projected on a cloud of fog, surrounded by a luminous wreath in rainbow colours.
29 November 2018 – 24 February 2019