Chihoi: Permanent Transition 智海《永久過渡》
19 March - 2 April 2016
CL3 Architects Limited
15/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Chihoi’s new artwork series tightly interweaves the notion of transition in relation to Hong Kong architecture. In Chihoi’s works, buildings are all covered, connoting a liminal stage between the old and the new, an ever-changing process not only owing to the maintenance of buildings or replacement of land titles, but also the interchange of architectural function, aesthetics and social changes.
Despite all the transitions taking place throughout time, the unique practice of using bamboo as a construction material remains. The bamboo scaffolding demonstrates the unwavering persistence in its material and appearance, with an exceptional architectural structure that is immune to the forceful temporal change, standing alone in its form — lightweight, enduring, pragmatic, but never speaks for itself.
The bamboo scaffolding stands up, witnessing the construction, the transformation and the demolition of the buildings. It reminds us that our world is drastically changing underneath. While the buildings remain erected and the face of the city becomes ambiguous, almost vulgar, the bamboo scaffolding has become perpetual, giving a sign of grace, though faint, that was lost.