This March, as art blooms all around Hong Kong, make a visit to Starstreet Precinct where an unexpected masterpiece awaits. From March 18 to April 28, for the first time, Starstreet Precinct will be showcasing a piece of art during Hong Kong Arts Month. A striking installation, both visually impactful and meaningful, the piece echoes Starstreet Precinct’s strong cultural identity and values around environmental sustainability.
Did you know that, each year, an estimated 92 million tonnes of textile waste is created by the fashion industry?1 Or that, here in Hong Kong, approximately 125,195 tonnes of textiles were sent into landfills in 2016, an average of 343 tonnes per day?2 With these statistics in mind, Starstreet Precinct has invited New York-based artist, Derick Melander, to create a large-scale sculpture using second-hand clothing especially for Hong Kong. The colourful sculpture speaks to the ideas of societal consumption and the importance of reuse. It also refers to the deeper meaning of clothing, with the belief that every item of clothing carries a trace of the person who wore it, hinting at what kind of life they led, a profoundly emotional thought.
Derick Melander, the artist behind the installation, said: “I’m really excited to create this new piece for Starstreet Precinct. This is my very first outdoor sculpture as well as my first exhibition in Asia. The piece stands at 8 feet tall and is made from second-hand clothing, donated by the local community. The garments are sorted by colour, and carefully arranged to depict a view of the setting sun, as seen from the open sea.”
Derick Melander Art Installation Details
Display Period: 18 March - 28 April 2019
Location: Startstreet Precinct, Wan Chai (Outside Three Pacific Place)
Fee: Free Admission