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Entries invited for "Weather Machines" kinetic sculptures design competition

The Hong Kong Science Museum is inviting entries for "Weather Machines", a kinetic sculptures design competition to encourage an artistic appreciation of science and the power of nature.

Open to Hong Kong residents with sound experience and competence in sculpture creation, production and installation, the competition allows participants to take part as an individual or in a team. The sculpture proposals should be visually integrated into the environment and landscape of the Science Museum. They should also be kinetic in nature and preferably interactive. Awarded entries might be considered for commissioning and the artworks produced will be put on display at the open area of the Science Museum.

The design concept is open to the entrant's creation but it should be related to changes in weather and environment in any one of the following categories: wind, rainfall and temperature. Moreover, the theme, style, shape, size, medium and material of the work should complement the distinctive nature, space and environment of the community, with which the artwork is designed to embellish.

Submissions must be delivered to the Science Museum on January 28 or 29, 2005.

An adjudication panel, formed by a group of professionals, will decide the result of the competition. Panel members include member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Mr Wong Shun-kit,, experienced artist Prof. Norman W M Ko, Science Advisor of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) Dr. M H Tai, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory Mr C Y Lam, Senior Architect of the Architectural Services Department Mr Raymond W K Fung, Professor of the Department of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Prof. Bernard V Lim, and Curator (Art Promotion Office) of the LCSD Ms Lesley Fung-ha Lau.

The adjudication panel will select entries that best meet the criteria of: compliance with the competition requirements, conformity with the environment, appeal upon natural light during daytime and upon special lighting effect at night, creativity, imagination and artistic merit, technical competence and safety, implementation and maintenance costs. A maximum of three outstanding entries per category will be selected. A cash award of $2,000 will be presented to each outstanding entrant.

Entry prospectus' of the competition can be obtained from the information counter of the Science Museum at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon or downloaded from the Museum's web-site at .

For enquiries, please contact the Exhibit Unit of the Science Museum on 2732 3264.

Ends/Wednesday, December 1, 2004
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