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Art Installation will be unveiled on Academy Open Day on 9 Mar

09 March 2014 Category : General

I had my first taste of the annual Academy Open Day when I joined the institution in 2012.  It amazes me how the event draws in over 10,000 people in one single day to the performances, demonstrations, seminars and visits to our costume department, scenic art workshop, and other secret spaces where our productions are put together.   It’s just a great way for the public to know more about what we do at the Academy.   No wonder it remains one of the most popular public events that started over 25 years ago!
 

In the Anniversary year in 2014, the Open Day will literally be given a new dimension with the installation of a work designed by alumnus Mr Albert Au (class of 1996) from the School of Technical Arts (now the School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts).   Visitors who think they know our campus well are in for a big surprise.  The familiar foyer will be enveloped in a large-scale network of wire structures and life-sized figures that mirror the innovative spirit and creative energies of the Academy, now and into the future, in and beyond Hong Kong.  The installation magically changes public perception of the space, highlighting the sense of space and aesthetics that make it ever more welcoming for visitors.
 

As project leader of the installation, it is my pleasure to work with Mr Au.  And to give the commissioning an extra level of significance, current students from scenic construction, scenic art, props and lighting will participate in the project, and Academy workshop resources will be used in the processes of manufacturing and installation.  The result highlights the professionalism of two generations of students and the idea of the team, which characterizes the Academy as it celebrates its 30th Anniversary.
 

I am very excited about the installation and I am sure the public is going to love it as much as I do.”

 

David Filshie
Project Leader
Academy Head of Production