Located at Central & Western District Promenade (Central section) adjoining Tamar Park and with the prominent HK government headquarters in the background, this urban park seating is meant to be a special statement as well as a design solution. Not only does it serve functional and aesthetic purposes; it also conveys a much-needed message of happiness to encourage positivity in a city that repeatedly fell short on the global ranking of happiness level. Inspired by paper-folding(origami) and paper-cutting (the two art forms that have long been used in expressions of hopes for happiness), adorned with artistic motifs of the Chinese character for “happiness” and “happy icons” created by local primary schools students (from the things that make them happy), the seating serves to inspire us to seek happiness in the little things and moments in life. Upon initial encounter, the iconic fixture strikes people as mysteriously as an abstract painting, and only through a journey of exploration that they get to experience and appreciate it layer by layer. The paper-folding concept gives form to the structure and presents a continuity that enhances people’s experiences in the transitions of planes (from the ground to the seating to the canopy and back), while the paper-cutting patterns reminiscent of trees leaves form a kind of ornamentation that capture the changing effects of sunlight. The symbolic interplay of light and shade highlights the duality (brightness/darkness, yin/yang) in life and also brings an ever-changing appearance as well as a poetic dimension to the seating. Its infusion of cultural references (origami, paper-folding) are drawn from the designer’s mixed (Japanese-Chinese) heritage, and Hikoko's adoption of Chinese character art motifs by her beloved late father Sun Chan is indeed her farewell tribute to him who passed away the same year she was commissioned for this project.
Credits: Kau Yan School, Sun Chan , Hikoko Ito Artwow Group Company Limited, Ying Wa Primary School
Credits: - Ying Wa Primary School - Kau Yan School - artist - Sun Chan - Artwow Group Company Limited - designer - Hikoko Ito