Reflection by Polo Bourieau
Mindful art doesn’t just exist in galleries and museums; sometimes, it may just be in the spaces around us. For the past 20 years, acclaimed Hong Kong-based French sculptor Polo Bourieau has been creating monumental sculptures for public enjoyment throughout Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland. This included Earth Dragon at Elements in West Kowloon; Wishing Well in Tseung Kwan O; Walking East in Kwun Tong; Great Wall in Central; Walking Through, Father & Son, and Written in Stone at Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu.
In 2014, he turned the public space around his 1.8
metre-tall sculpture, Reflecting Man, into a place for reflection – and not only because it was literally made of mirror-polished stainless steel. Passers-by will have found the sculpture randomly at various locations around Hong Kong, from downtown neighbourhoods to deserted beaches, and these unplanned encounters became little mindful moments as they stopped to examine and interact with the sculpture. Some took photos with it, imitating the Reflecting Man’s contemplative pose, while others were astonished by what they saw through the sculpture’s mirror surfaces. There was no one right answer to the question, “What does the Reflecting Man reflect?” And that’s just how art is meant to be – open to interpretation, and inspiring ruminations. This sculpture now permanently resides on Arbuthnot Road.
ArtisTree will be presenting a contemporary art exhibition to showcase a new collection of sculptures in March soon – stay tuned!