Large-scale outdoor art installation “Borealis”by Swiss artist Dan Acher to be showcased at West Kowloon Art Park from 13th February

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Picture credit: Dan Acher

2nd February 2023 – (Hong Kong) Swiss artist Dan Acher‘s large-scale outdoor art installation “Borealis” called Creative Tomorrow will be on display above the large lawn of the West Kowloon Art Park from 13th February to 5th March 2023. In response to weather conditions, the dynamics, hue, and density of the light beams will continue to change, creating an almost realistic viewing of the aurora experience.

Date: 13th February to 5th March 2023

Time: 7pm to 10pm daily

Venue: West Kowloon Art Park

Picture credit: Dan Acher
Picture credit: Dan Acher

Dan Acher is an Ashoka Fellow and the founder of Happy City Lab; central to his work is art as generator of social change across local and global communities.

Dan’s large-scale installations and new ‘city rituals’ allow strangers to come together beyond what may divide them. He uses cities as playgrounds in which citizens of all backgrounds can connect and engage with the key issues of our time.

This mesmerising installation brings the experience of the Northern Lights to cities the world over. Time slows down as eyes look up. An aurora, here and now, in our latitudes?

Throughout the ages, we have attributed countless legends to the celestial phenomenon. Today we can replicate it. As captivating as it disturbing, Dan Acher’s BOREALIS is about our ancestral communion with nature and our more recent compulsion to control it. It’s about inspiring shared emotions in the center of a city by creating something magical – something that shouldn’t naturally be there.

Connection

In all of his work, Dan uses the city as a playground to create a sense of belonging and community. His installations create spaces where strangers come together and connect. The Northern and Southern Lights have long inspired awe and astonishment ; by recreating their majesty in urban skies, Dan allows city-dwellers to share emotions beyond their differences of origin, race, religion, status, age, gender identity, sexual orientation…

Climate

Climate is rapidly changing due to excessive human activity. New patterns of natural and man-made phenomena are occurring all around us. Will we start witnessing auroras appearing in cities around the world, far from the poles they currently inhabit?

Technology and Weather

BOREALIS is as much a work of art as it is a technological performance. Variations in movement, colour, and density of the light beams, together with changing weather conditions, give infinite variations. A unique aurora is created each time.

Guillaume Desbois’ musical composition supports the installation, premiered over the Rolex Learning Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology to mark the opening of the new ArtLab building in November 2016.