HONG KONG: New Creative Hub PMQ Welcomes Invasion of 1600 Pandas

Two days ago French artist Paulo Grangeon arrived with 1600 adorable papier-mâché panda statues at Hong Kong International Airport as part of his global tour. Kick starting off a month long “1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation”, the touring exhibition is organized by PMQ, the newest retail development and creative hub in Hong Kong. Over the course of the next month the pandas will visit 10 landmarks including Victoria Park, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Ma Wan and will end their tour at PMQ with a three-week exhibition (June 25-July 17 2014). PMQ’s Chairman, Mr. Stanley Chu said of the exhibition: “PMQ is part of the Hong Kong Government’s ‘Conserving Central’ initiative; the site has become a local creative hub after revitalization. While we share the same philosophy with 1600 Pandas upon conservation and sustainable development, the event sheds light on PMQ’s objective to nurture more local design-oriented entrepreneurs and artists”. Grangeon chose 1600 pandas, the actual number of pandas currently in existence, to raise international awareness on conservation and sustainable development, and visitors can take one of the pandas home by participating in the accompanying adoption scheme.-Babette Radclyffe-Thomas

“1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation”

Exhibition Dates: 9 June – 17 July 2014

Images courtesy of PMQ

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