A MONUMENTAL SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION HERALDING NEW BEGINNINGS
LAUNCHING 13 MAY DURING ART BASEL IN HONG KONG
Swarovski is pleased to present a new installation by London-based design duo Fredrikson Stallard, to coincide with Art Basel in Hong Kong. Entitled Prologue, the monumental piece will make its international debut at the former Police Married Quarters, Hollywood Road (PMQ) on May 13 2014.
Described by the avant-garde designers as “a representation of new beginnings, and also a more abstract symbol of life and rebirth”, visitors entering the listed heritage site in Hong Kong’s central district, will be immediately drawn to Prologue, a giant outdoor sculpture measuring 4m in height that will stand at the centre of the courtyard. Holding over 8,000 Swarovski crystals, the work will play with natural light by transforming and transmuting its environment throughout the day.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “Fredrikson Stallard are amongst the most talented designers working today and their work is always highly impactful and very beautiful. Prologue is a bold and confident symbol of life and rebirth. But it is also a symbol of change and mutability: just as night follows day, nothing remains the same.”
Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard formed their design partnership in 1995 and have become internationally recognized as leading exponents of British avant-garde design. They are admired for their ability to translate their vision into simple yet emotionally engaging furniture and product designs.
Prologue by Fredrikson Stallard for Swarovski is the latest collaborative work between Swarovski and the designers, and is the first time both parties have presented their work in Hong Kong.
For over a decade, Swarovski’s creative collaborations have been a coveted opportunity for the world’s leading artists, architects and designers to experiment and share their most radical ideas using the medium of crystal. Committed to delivering contemporary architecture, art and design projects, Swarovski’s support of creative visionaries is driven by the recognition that these artists embody the values which the house has upheld for so long: creativity, innovation and experimentation.
Recent examples of their innovative works in Asia Pacific include collaborations with prestigious Beijing based Architect Ma Yansong and Chinese designers Liu Feng, Naihan Li, Shi Jianmin, Song Tao and Zheng Delong. These works contribute to a series of major commissions within Swarovski Digital Crystal, an exhibition which debuted at the Design Museum, London – exploring the concept of memory in the fast-developing digital age.
Past collaborations with the likes of Ron Arad, Tom Dixon, Ross Lovegrove, Tord Boontje, Arik Levy, Yves Behar, John Pawson and Zaha Hadid have resulted in a spectacular body of work which provides a snapshot of the most exciting and innovative minds of the 21st century. A major patron of art and design, Swarovski’s recent projects also include Perspectives, the luminous artwork by British minimalist John Pawson shown at the Venice Biennale; and Prima, created by Zaha Hadid at Vitra Design Museum in Germany.