A Moving Hill
Artist: Leung Mee-ping
Artwork Location: Visitor Centre
"Quiet and empty. Compared to Central, it is almost no man's land. However, the animasl' tweet makes people feel very surreal."
Leung Mee-ping, an artist who pays much attention to the minute things in life, is fascinated by the social significance of the stuffed animal toys that were part of the growing-up process of her family members. Humans, being economic animals, appear to have established a close relationship with such mimicked animals, where the parties have undergone an extended process of taming. Leung and her team have salvaged a large number of stuff toys, which were originally, for instance, gifts from parents to children, props used for graduation portraits, and prizes from claw-machine shops that have folded. These cast-off objects, so much a part of old memories, are brought to the Gardens at the CBD and turned into a colourful art installation. In addition, Leung will run workshops and pile some of these animal puppets into hillocks. As each of these has a powerful magnet inside, visitors can play a tug-of-war game by trying to pull the clusters apart and regroup them at will.
Leung obtained her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in the United States and Ph.D from the Religious & Cultural Studies Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is currently a professor of art creativity at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. She often projects ethics, community and memories of the human living situation in her work. She was the fellowship recipient of Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2014. She was also invited as residence artist in Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2012 and the Parthenon Museum in the United States in 2014 respectively. Leung was awarded "Annual Artist Award" from the Hong Kong Art Development Council in 2015 and the "President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Scholarly Work" by the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2019. Latest exhibitions include Land Art Mongolia 5th Biennial 2018 "WHO ARE WE NOW?" in Mongolia and "Collections of Tom, Debbie and Harry" at Tai Kwun in 2018.