The Flux

In this continuation of our serial, we examine how art is helping to create better neighbourhoods. Shared experiences draw a community together. The MTR is facilitating community by providing shared artistic space that reminds us of our common experiences.

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Four irregular geometric sculptures represent each season

Only some artists get a permanent exhibit in a location like the one offered to South Korean artist Ahn Pilyun, whose works are set in a low rooftop garden bathed in sunlight within view of the famous Hong Kong harbour. It helped that she was one of the most famous contemporary Korean artists of the time and that Henderson Land was funding the project. That said, she masterfully delivered an inspired work that combined the best of the location and the artist’s style. The Flux consists of four irregular geometric sculptures, each representing a season, covered in uniformly sized but variously coloured glass tiles. During the day, each sculpture captures and reflects the changing sunlight angles differently. Viewed from inside the IFC Mall, they create a kaleidoscope of sunlight. When the sculptures are viewed at night, internal lighting radiates colours out. Close examination of the individual tiles reveals thateach contains a relief image of a pair of scissors. This is a recurring motif in Pilyun’s work. For her, every act of creativity involves separation and a new beginning, like cutting a newborn baby’s umbilical cord. The daily rising and setting of sunlight on Pilyun’s four seasons are the reason it is called The Flux.     

Text Martin Wray / Photos Dave Chung