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A Partnership of Artistic Derring-Do

March 12, 2015
A Partnership of Artistic Derring-Do
In a celebration of heritage and cultural innovation, The Peninsula Hong Kong is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Britain’s leading independent arts charity, the Royal Academy of Arts. United by a shared 330-year history, The Peninsula and the Royal Academy are cementing their tie-up with a three-year partnership.

Launching with one of Britain’s leading artists for this first collaborative year, the Royal Academy has enlisted sculptor Richard Wilson RA, who is renowned for his architectural interventions. Recognised for exploring the boundaries of where sculpture ends and architecture begins, Wilson is known for developing works in dialogue with their environment, and enlisting buildings as part of his sculptures. As an artist, he does so in ways that are at once playful, inventive, analytical and profound.
Recommissioning the pioneering installation "Hang On A Minute Lads... I've Got A Great Idea" for this year's "Love Art at The Peninsula" initiative, Wilson balances his seemingly precipitous work on the edge of the hotel’s 7th floor Sun Terrace, playfully juxtaposed against the building's iconic, Grade I-listed façade. The work – a replica of the vintage Harrington Legionnaire coach featured in the 1969 British heist caper – The Italian Job – derives its name from Michael Caine's last line in the film classic.

Originally created for the Grade I-listed De La Warr Pavilion in England's Bexhill-On-Sea, the work was awarded regional Cultural Olympiad Festival status in 2012, supporting the artist's goal to "create a spectacle teetering on the edge of being and not being, and between stability and collapse".   

In an ambitious bid to showcase this breakthrough public art installation, the hotel is displaying Wilson's work from 12 March to 8 April 2015. Discover more HERE.

©Courtesy of the Artist and Michelle D’Souza Fine Art. Originally commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion, UK and generously supported by Eddie Izzard, the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts via the National Lottery and the Henry Moore Foundation, as part of the London 2012 Festival.

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