“Chubby Hearts Hong Kong” exhibition launched on Valentine’s Day at 4 locations

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Insert picture: Anya Hindmarch

14th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) Today, on Valentine’s Day, one of the major initiatives promoted by the Hong Kong government, the “Chubby Hearts Hong Kong” exhibition curated by the Hong Kong Design Centre, has been launched. This exhibition, conceptualised by renowned designer Anya Hindmarch, features a 12-meter diameter giant red Chubby Hearts installation, which made its first appearance in Asia after being showcased in London. From today until the 24th of this month, spanning from Valentine’s Day to the Lantern Festival, the Chubby Hearts will float in various locations across Hong Kong, providing an opportunity for citizens to capture memorable moments.

Apart from the launch ceremony held at Statue Square Gardens in Central, where the Chubby Hearts installation was unveiled, the first day of the exhibition also featured flash appearances at three additional locations: Flower Market in Mong Kok, Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree in Tai Po, and Belcher Bay Promenade in Kennedy Town (from 10am to 6pm). Chief Executive John Lee, Deputy Financial Secretary Edmond Wong, Secretary for Home Affairs and Culture Raymond Yeung, designer Anya Hindmarch, and Carina Lau, the design and creative tourism ambassador of Chubby Hearts Hong Kong, attended the launch ceremony this morning. They witnessed the uplifting moment when the giant red heart installation ascended into the sky.

During his speech, Chief Executive John Lee extended his Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day greetings to everyone. He highlighted the significance of Chubby Hearts, designed by the renowned British designer Anya Hindmarch, making its debut in Asia and choosing Hong Kong as the venue for this important project. Lee expressed his gratitude to the designer for bringing this inspiring artwork to Asia, emphasising that love would be omnipresent in a few minutes and describing the giant red heart installation as a piece of art that evokes inspiration. He also mentioned that Hong Kong would host various types of grand events in the future, making it a must-visit destination for travellers and businesspeople, offering a wide range of activities and entertainment.

In his address, Eric C. Yim, Chairman of the Hong Kong Design Centre, stated that the centre believes in the power of art to enhance lives. He described the giant Chubby Hearts installation as a heartwarming creation that brings joy and happiness to people. Yim mentioned that the local team had collaborated with Anya Hindmarch and several local artists over the past six months, including musician Gao Shizhang, who composed the music for the exhibition. Ultimately, he expressed his hope that the artwork would warm the hearts of everyone who encounters it.

Designer Anya Hindmarch extended her Lunar New Year greetings and expressed her delight in bringing Chubby Hearts to Hong Kong. She shared her dream of spreading warmth and thanked the organizers and all those involved for their efforts and assistance. She concluded by wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day.

Following the speeches, Chief Executive John Lee, Carina Lau, and other guests placed heart-shaped cards into the main installation as a ceremonial gesture. As they stood in front of the giant red heart Chubby Hearts, it gradually ascended into the air.

After the ceremony, Chief Executive John Lee and his wife posed for a “heart” gesture photo with the guests. He then took out his phone and captured a selfie with his wife against the backdrop of the giant red heart installation.

Curated and presented by the Hong Kong Design Centre, with its concept conceived by Anya Hindmarch, “Chubby Hearts Hong Kong” will feature giant red heart installations floating in the sky across various locations in Hong Kong from the 14th to the 24th of February. The largest Chubby Hearts installation to date, with a diameter of 12 meters, will reside in the Statue Square Gardens in Central throughout the exhibition period.

In addition to the permanent installation in Central, there will be 15 to 16 flash locations scattered throughout Hong Kong where visitors can take photos with Chubby Hearts. The Hong Kong Design Centre has announced that three locations will be showcased first, with the giant red heart having a diameter of 3 meters.

Locations for Chubby Hearts today include:

  • Statue Square Gardens in Central (from 1pm to 9pm, 14th to 24th February, 12-meter diameter)
  • Flower Market in Mong Kok (10am to 4pm, 14th February, 3-meter diameter)
  • Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree in Tai Po (10am to 6pm, 14th February, 3-meter diameter)
  • Belcher Bay Promenade in Kennedy Town (10am to 6pm, 14th February, 3-meter diameter)

Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree

Statue Square Gardens in Central

Belcher Bay Promenade

Flower Market in Mong Kok