27th January 2021 – (Hong Kong) To welcome a new year full of hope and challenge, Lee Tung Avenue, the largest outdoor pedestrian street in Hong Kong, continues to cheer for everyone in the new year. From 29th January to 2nd May 2021, a brand-new art installation “Butterflies of Hope．Blessing Lanterns”, which integrates both Chinese and Western aesthetics, will be at LTA and destined to be the next popular check-in spot in town! As well, there will be traditional red lanterns and the newly built AI program shining upon the boulevard. May everyone have a blissful, fruitful and bright future.
Blessing Lanterns celebrate the new year of the Ox
LTA wishes the Lunar New Year will be a good start to the year. To welcome the year of the Ox with happiness and auspice, the world’s 1st AI butterfly light and shadow art installation last Christmas will be recreated to celebrate Lunar New Year with you! The use of AI innovates the installation with festive music and lightings. There will also be traditional Chinese red lanterns hanging on the entire boulevard, which adds harmony, auspice and blessings to the whole installation.
According to William Chan – the Centre General Manager of Lee Tung Avenue Management Company Limited, it normally takes a great deal of time to innovate such a large-scale installation. However, thanks to the integration of AI technology, Butterflies of Hope can shift in a short time from a pure Western-style winter atmosphere to a decoration full of both Chinese festivity and Western aesthetics. Better yet, the innovation at the same time reduces waste, in line with the concept of eco-friendly upcycling.
The new “Butterflies of Hope．Blessing Lanterns” is created by Victor Wong, a local visual effects director and 2019 MARTELL Artist of the Year. Just as butterflies are a living embodiment of hope, lanterns are a symbol of harmony and auspice. Blending Chinese and Western styles is not simply adding traditional Chinese lanterns. The shape and lines of the butterflies are also designed to imitate some traditional Chinese auspicious patterns, which merges Chinese and Western aesthetics in a more sophisticated fashion. Coupled with AI-powered lighting and music that match the festive ambience, such as the constant change of butterfly shapes, the installation transforms LTA into an urban village of Lunar New Year joys. The use of Art Tech must bring everyone a new surprise. It is definitely the perfect place for families to check in at the Lunar New Year!
Art Tech shines a ray of hope to our brighter future
With the advance of technology, the integration of art and technology innovation sets the new trend of art development – Art Tech. “Butterflies of Hope．Blessing Lanterns” is a case in point. Victor takes butterfly as the theme, symbolizing beauty, love, hope, positivity, happiness, and revival. The installation features a 7-meter stained glass butterfly and over 350 little illusion glass butterflies shattering holiday cheer all over the atrium and boulevard. Victor and LTA hope that by the butterfly’s uniqueness, viewers can feel the regeneration and vitality of life and face the future hopefully and positively. May everyone have a happy Lunar New Year with positive vibes!
Alongside the hopeful and auspicious “Butterflies of Hope ．Blessing Lanterns” brought by Victor, there will be “Frog King” – Kwok Man Ho, “kiwisual” the art stones and a group of artists writing spring couplets (Fai Chun) for everyone to bring happiness and blessings back home on 30-31 January. Frog King has engaged in painting, sculpture, installation, conceptual, improvisation, performance art, and other creations in more than 3,000 activities during his 40-year-long artistic career. Every time he shows up, he brings vocal objects, glasses, a rope, and bamboo, all of which are his instrument to get along and have fun with everyone. Besides Fai Chun, several of Kwok’s original artworks will be displayed on site.
The event is also co-hosted with 1-art Foundation to raise funds through a charity sale, including some kiwisual and limited edition masks designed by Frog King. As well, some Fai Chun will be given away to visitors for free, hoping to spread happiness extensively to more people.
To help everyone have a good start of the year, LTA specially prepares a new year limited member spending reward so that everyone can back home fully loaded. From today onwards to 12 February, a same-day spending of HK$300* with electronic payment at any merchant in LTA can redeem the limited Butterflies of Hope red packet set*. Moreover, spending HK$800 from today onwards to 28 February, you can receive both a HK$50 dining coupon and a HK$50 shopping discount coupon*!
*Redemption activities are subject to relevant terms and conditions. For details, please refer to Lee Tung Avenue’s official website.