Client: WINSOR PROPERTIES (WINTAI)
Completion date: 2009
Artwork budget: $232,079
Alison Pickett Corporate Art and Sculpture Consultants
“Walking East” is a 5 meters high sculpture in painted powder coated steel of a man walking eastwards to give momentum and drama to this new office tower development. The language of layers invite the viewer to become the kinetic element, revealing the skeleton inside as they walk around.
This iconic steel sculpture in How Ming Street simply represents a man walking eastwards. This monumental sculpture celebrates the “aventuriers du quotidien” (daily adventurers) who walk these streets every day in this very busy part of Kowloon, Kwun Tong.
In 2009 our client, Winsor Properties was the first to define Kwun Tong as the next redevelopment in Hong kong. He has already changed the skyline of Hong Kong with the stunning towers designed by Arquitectonica. It just needed the same iconic presence at the ground level in those narrow street of Kwun Tong.
Strong, sure and quiet, this man magnifies those thousands of anonymous pedestrians. The layers with which the sculpture is designed represents the different levels and stories which composes each of our lives. It also creates a physical dialogue with the architecture of Landmark East and invites us to a reflection between contemplation and dynamism. Without a pedestal, this is a sculpture in the street, for the street, calling us to walk together toward new horizons, hopefully with the sun always in our faces.