Art@Site Paolo Grangeon 1600 Pandas

Paolo Grangeon


1600 Pandas

Victoria Park, Ocean Park
Aspects of this artwork
The use of massiveness has a major impact in 1600 Pandas by Paolo Grangeon by the friendly looking pandas who activate to immediate global action to protect nature.
By Theo,

Compared with other artworks
The impact of natural elements (stone, water) as Water Feature Stephen Cox (London, picture 1, more information) is strong and by pointing to words like a comprehensive universal system, continuity, human nature, responsibility, tradition and hope.

In the Garden of Exils Daniel Libeskind (Berlin, picture 2, more information) the olive-trees refer to tradition, trust, hope and future. The olives are standing in a cube and thus refers to the essential role of the substrate, the base, the tradition. The slope refers to a continuous and positive development, in my opinion. Even when Libeskind makes use of comparable aesthetic elements (cubes, a non-flat surface), he added thereto essential elements (olive trees) and so the meaning of the work is entirely different than the artwork by Eisenmann.

Massiveness can also have an absolute nature. The question in The Wolves Are Coming by Liu Ruowang (Beijing, picture 3, more information) whether the lone person can keep standing up against the wolves. The artis can refer to different matters. It is at least something violent which man fears. This can be anything; natural disasters, other people, the government, big compagnies, etc. This work brings in a general topic with a strong emotion but gives no direction for a solution.

Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas by Peter Eisenman (Berlin, picture 4, more information) is a masterpiece and is pointing effectively to major historical events and meanings, for Germans and also for mankind. A cube is a minimal element which refers to essential values, like peace and humanity. Scrolling between the blocks can bring this desire. A rectangle form refers to more specific symbols. I think in this case of a tombstone. It focuses strongly on the past, but is less meaningful to the present and the future. It recalls feelings from the past but provides less comfort for the future.
By Theo,
The Pandas are coming. Brought to us by the same people who floated Florentijn Hofman’s yellow rubber duckie through our Fragrant Harbour last year, get set to swoon over French artist Paolo Grangeon’s 1600 papier-mâché pandas popping up on our shores beginning this June. Psst: panda provocateur Grangeon plans to unveil four unique pandas reserved just for the Hong Kong leg of this tour. Keep your eyes peeled for these monochrome cuties, representing the 1600 living pandas around the world. After going global via a world tour including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and Taiwan, the pandas confirmed 'appearances' include ten iconic landmarks like Victoria Park, TST Harbourfront, Hong Kong Coliseum, Tsing Ma Bridge, Lantau’s Big Buddha, Shatin Racecourse, and of course to visit real life celebrity pandas Le Le, Ying Ying, and Jia Jia at Ocean Park.
Paulo Grangeon: 'Having trained in art for five years, I took up work as a sculptor in wood in Europe and California before being employed for twenty years as a designer in wood for an international factory which had exhibitions all over the world. In 1999 my wife, Joelle, and I opened a shop in Grenoble entitled ‘Matière Première’. This incorporates a ceramic studio that is available for everybody to use. It is for everybody between one month babies to adults! There is also a small showroom for my papier mâché work. At about the same time I travelled several times to Thaïland to learn their methods of working in papier mâché. You can read more about my work in the article on this site by David Osborne ‘1600 Pandas’.
1600 Pandas are en route to Hong Kong! After ruling France, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan and nearly 100 exhibitions, 1600 Pandas has landed Hong Kong for the first time today. This world tour was launched in 2008 by WWF and acclaimed French artist Paulo Grangeon, who crafted 1600 pandas – the number of living pandas left in the wild – in various sizes with recycled materials in the form of paper mache. From 9 June onwards, the pandas will leave their footprints on Hong Kong. They will grace more than 10 Hong Kong landmarks and help promote the city’s creative industry by fostering an interactive, imaginative and sustainable environment where humans and nature coexist. The 1600 visiting pandas will come in six different shapes and sizes, with four more one-of-a-kind paper mache versions specially created by Paulo Grangeon for his visit to Hong Kong. All proceeds will be donated to WWF Hong Kong for conservation and education work.