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Art in station architecture
Dancing Ribbons

Artwork Title:
Dancing Ribbons

Artist Name:
Shan Shan Sheng and Mark Dziewulski (USA)

Artwork Location:
Hong Kong Station – IFC2 integrated entrance

Form of Artwork:
One suspended sculptures

Artwork Completion Date:
June 2004

Artwork Sponsor:
Henderson Land Development Co. LTD

Artist's Concept:
Upon entering the IFC2 building the visitor will be greeted by a light and graceful sculpture of floating colour. The design is very site specific and responds directly to the architecture of the space. It was created specifically for this building, using large scale models, photos and computer simulations. The design compliments the architecture by adding a finishing touch that will strengthen and reinforce the powerful geometric qualities of the building. The sculpture is colourful, light and delicate. Its form is festive and playful, weaving in and out of the structure and welcoming visitors. The flowing and graceful shape will contrast with the techtonic form of the building, making the architecture's graceful geometry even more evident. It provides a dash of complimentary and dynamic colour as a final touch to the building.

The sculpture is fabricated from a system of cold cast glass, developed by the artist and architect, and already used and tested on several large – scale projects. This technically advanced material catches and reflects light , casting rich and intense colours onto the interior spaces. Each of the 120 panels will be individually painted by the artist, using an intricate method of multiple layers of applied colour fused into material. The result will provide a gradually changing pattern of coloured shadows, following the daily cycle of natural light. This material has incredible strength and durability, combined with a lightness that allows the panels to be easily supported on invisible, ultra-thin wires. Upon approach the grand movement of the artworks gives way to the nuance of the abstract imagery within the panels. The panels are intense in colour, with deep saturated hues, colour fade in and out from one colour into the other with textures and paint strokes, each panel is a translucent painting, taking full advantage of the light glass character of the architecture and lighting.

The artworks are conceived to maximize its impact at all times of the day. By daylight the colour wash naturally across the space, illuminated by lighting from windows, changing subtly with the movement of the sun. By evening internal lighting casts a nighttime glow both from inside and outside view. In all lights the colour and detail are visually accessible to the viewer.

The sculptures are intended to visually stimulate and delight the viewers from all perspectives. Greater levels of detail unfold and change as the viewer moves through the space changing distance and viewing angle.

The use of dancing ribbons, flags and banners is a universal symbol used to greet visitors. It has a long history that crosses the boundaries of language, culture and geography. This is a modern interpretation of this concept, combining historical precedent with the most modern materials to create an abstract representation, in a dynamic and inspiring form.

Art in station architecture