Industrial Forest by ESKYIU, Hong Kong
A bamboo forest has emerged amid Hong Kong’s post-industrial Wong Chuk Hang district. The intriguing installation, by architects Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu of ESKYIU studio, comprises hundreds of 4-meter-high pencil-thin aluminium filaments on an elevated highway-side terrace. Mirrored walls simulate an infinite forest while sensors under artificial grass bend the ’bamboo’ towards spectators.
Titled ’Industrial Forest,’ the work for Spring Workshop, a non-profit art space, echoes yellow bamboo that once grew in the area, which is now rapidly transforming into a creative design hub.
The interactive ’forest’ will evolve with new experiences like herbal gardens and experimental sound components to inspire discussion on the complexity of artifice and nature. Meanwhile, photovoltaic lighting reflects current weather conditions; blue for clear skies and red-orange when pollution is high.
’We draw inspiration from the dialogue of nature and artifice, art and technology, and our built environment,’ say the designers whose urban pastoral projects include a skyscraper lettuce shown at the Venice Biennale in 2008.
The installation can be viewed by day or night on the terrace or from the Blade Runner-esque elevated highway and will be on site for two years.