Popular Kaws show in HK’s Victoria Harbour cut short by two days due to bad weather

29-Mar-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A giant floating sculpture that drew thousands of fans to Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour will be departing two days earlier than planned due to bad weather.

The 37-metre-long inflatable version of US artist Kaws’ signature character, Companion, has been “relaxing” off Central Harbourfront since last Friday as part of Hong Kong Arts Month.

Lam Shu-kam, curator and creative director of organiser AllRightsReserved, said on social media on Thursday that unstable weather over the coming weekend meant the Kaws: Holiday show would end on Friday instead of Sunday.

“After a week of relaxing time at the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, Companion thanks all fans for visiting, with special gratitude to the marine staff who have worked and safeguarded Companion 24-7 non-stop at the harbour,” he wrote.

“In view of the upcoming unstable weather over weekend forecast by Hong Kong Observatory, it’s time for Kaws: Holiday to say goodbye to all tomorrow, to avoid any unnecessary circumstances as well as to ensure the safety of marine staff.”

Lam said in an interview that he was a little disappointed, but the weather was out of the company’s control. He added that the sculpture would be towed back to the shipyard at Tsing Yi to await departure for its next destination.

American designer and artist Kaws, whose real name is Brian Donnelly, wanted Companion who has crosses for eyes to encourage people to slow down and take a break in the fast-paced and often frenetic city.

The HK$10 million (US$1.27 million) show, which arrived in Hong Kong after visiting Seoul and Taipei on its tour of Asia, brought thousands of selfie-taking fans to the waterfront over the past few days.

“We’re finalising the next destination [for Companion], pending Kaws’ decision,” Lam said.



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