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Told through the rugged characters of stones sculpted in wondrous art forms, ArtisTree Selects: Urban Rocks reflects on the meaning of human existence and metaphorically portrays the impact we make on the modern world.
Proudly presented by ArtisTree as part of the Swire Properties Arts Month, the contemporary art exhibition debuts 12 one-of-a-kind stone sculptures created by Hong Kong-based French artist Polo Bourieau. Drawing inspirations from Chinese scholars' rocks, the abundance of stone deposits formed by the forces of nature, and the aesthetics of architecture created by humans, each stone sculpture in the exquisite collection narrates a fictitious story of its own – only to be told by your imagination upon an up-close encounter.
Standing at life-size tall, each monumental sculpture carries a strong presence, hand-carved out of a single piece of stone sourced internationally – France, Italy, Spain, Iran and the Kurdistan region.
Produced by acclaimed curator Alison Pickett, it is a spectacular sculptural work display that reflects humanity’s indelible mark on the planet. It invites visitors to contemplate the dialogue between nature-made wonders and man-made art. It is a powerful experience traversing the dimension between fantasy and reality to ponder the footprint we as humans create to places that we call home.
Coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong, Swire Properties Arts Month celebrates our commitment to art and culture as an essential component in the ongoing success of our communities, making world-class exhibitions accessible to all.
ArtisTree Selects: Urban Rocks
Dates: 16 March – 9 April 2023
Location: ArtisTree, 1/F Cambridge House, Taikoo Place
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm on Mondays to Fridays, 11am – 8pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
Special opening hours: 12pm – 5pm on 22 March; 12pm – 6pm on 23, 27 and 30 March; 12pm – 5pm on 28-29 March.
Guided Art Tours
Experience the exhibition with our tour guide in Cantonese or English. Each tour takes around 30 minutes with a maximum of 20 people, first-come-first served. Click the link above to book.
Public sessions: 1 April, 7 April 2023 at 2pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm.
Listen to the story behind each artwork on your mobile by scanning the QR codes next to the sculptures. Available in Cantonese, English and Mandarin.
About Polo Bourieau
Born in 1968 in Nantes, France, Polo studied art at the Academie of Nantes before joining the French stonemasons guild Compagnons du Tour de France. By formation, inclination and ability, Polo focuses a great measure of his creative effort in rekindling the natural relationship between sculpture and architecture through large site-specific commissions.
Polo developed a new formal language of the sculptural perception sometimes borrowed from our contemporary digital distorted world, combining engineering calculations, traditional carving techniques and robotic experimentations. Collaborating directly with architects and developers, Polo creates monumental sculptures for the new agora of the 21st century. He believes that the monumental presence in public space confronts and creates dialogue, and it ignites our curiosity to explore the space we are living in. It interacts with the community and contributes to understanding our concept of individuality, before defining our collective memories.
Photo credit: ©Polo Bourieau
Terms and Conditions:
- Each QR code ticket is eligible for one admission for the registered date and time.
- For Public Viewing, each person is allowed to book two tickets per time on weekdays, or four tickets per time on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Blackout dates apply.
- The exhibition is suitable for all ages. Children should be accompanied by at least one adult to enter the exhibition.
- Visitors are recommended to arrive timely to attend the pre-booked session. All Guided Art Tours will begin punctually. Late comers may be subject to ticket cancellation or reallocation to another session.
- Visitors are responsible for their own safety and must comply with the rules and regulations of the venue and follow the instructions by the staff.
- The exhibition includes low-light setting. If visitors feel unwell, please seek assistance from the staff on-site.
- Eating or drinking is not allowed in the exhibition.
- For safety reasons, please do not touch the artwork or lean against the sculptures or the walls inside the exhibition.
- For safety reasons, visitors are recommended to refrain from carrying large size personal belongings into the exhibition such as large backpacks, suitcases and trolleys. The organiser reserves the right to deny entry into the exhibition.
- The organiser reserves the right and at its sole discretion to suspend any visitor who appears or is suspected to be unfit to enter the exhibition.
- The organiser reserves the right to impose charges as deemed necessary should any loss or damage be caused to the artwork, exhibition set, or any other objects in ArtisTree.
- The programme may be subject to change without prior notice.
- The programme will be cancelled when tropical cyclone warning signal No. 8 is in force or Black Rainstorm Warning is hoisted. Please refer to the ArtisTree Facebook page for the latest update
- Swire Properties Limited reserves the right to take photos or video-recordings during the events and to use the photos and videos for promotional purpose.
- Swire Properties Limited is not liable for any loss of personal belongings or harm caused to the visitors during the visit.
- Should any disputes arise, the decision of Swire Properties Limited shall remain final.
- By registering tickets for the events, you agree to our Terms and Conditions above.