Seoul’s hotspot Light Rose Garden embarks on world tour
choosing Hong Kong Tamar Park as first stop
January 20, 2016 (TBC), Hong Kong — Originated from Seoul, Korea, mass public art installation project “Light Rose Garden – Hong Kong” — a symbol of the ubiquity of love — will descend on Tamar Park from February 14 to 22, lighting up at 6pm every evening to transform the park into a sea of roses. The exhibition comes in two parts representing the different vibes brought about by the Valentine’s Day from the West and the Lantern Festival — an answer to the western Valentine’s Day in the East. The first phase — from February 14 to 16, coinciding with the Valentine’s Day — will take place at the Central and Western District Promenade, set to leave visitors a romantic moment against the backdrop of the beautiful Victoria Harbour. From February 20 to 22, the second phase which celebrates the Lantern Festival will move to the adjacent Tamar Park, placed against the backdrop of the Central business district and its tower skyscrapers, the most vibrant sight of Hong Kong. The rose garden will open partially and please comers with a touch of love during its migration between February 17 and 19.
Light Rose Garden has generated a huge buzz from locals and tourists since it was displayed outside the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul, Korea. Its creative team, PANCOM, has now decided to let the sea of roses blossom all over the world, organising the first world tour while picking Hong Kong as its first destination. Together with beneficiary and partner Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation (FTHK), curator AllRightsReserved, Sponsor GP Batteries, and supporting units Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department & PMQ, the team will plant a sea of roses, as romantic as it is spectacular, in one of Hong Kong’s most symbolic landmarks — the Central Promenade. The showdown at the Central and Western District is wider than the installation originally displayed at the DDP in Seoul. The 25,000 white roses — made of LED lights — are also more abundant in number, illuminating and bridging the romantic vibe the valentine’s day from both the East and West entail.
PANCOM’s strength is to create visual installation arts through unconventional means and light projection technology. White roses, pure and innocent, represents scared love. Every illuminating white rose in the garden consists of an LED light, surrounded by seven layers of petals. The roses are waterproof.
The PANCOM team spent six months in preparation and made several trips to Hong Kong before eventually settling on the Central Promenade and Tamar Park. It is the first time the Tamar Park has held any exhibit for the public since it has opened. The team based their design of the sea of flowers on the landscape and environment of the promenade and Tamar Park with 70cm and 80cm, two different heights of roses, utilising the height difference at the site to bring in a dynamic visual effect when arranging the 25,000 white roses. The flowers are packed tightly – more than 25 of them in every three square metres – to weave a variety of love stories that belong to everyone. The roses will light up the sky of the Central promenade.
A complement to the breathtaking view of the Victoria Harbour, the Light Rose Garden demonstrates two versions of view during the day and night time that are equally mesmerising. During the day, the pale roses radiates a sense of white romance, while at night, they transform into scattered points of warming light sources that resemble twinkling stars in the sky. They twinkle for lovers and the beloved. Visitors can make use of a specially designed selfie/photography corner to capture, in the best angle possible, this very touching moment.
Pre-order your blow-to-glow rose motion lights online to support fair trade in Hong Kong
Apart from being romantic and all, the rose garden also has a special meaning. The tour in Hong Kong this time will feature a charity sale of rose motion lights, jointly organised by the Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation. Local community and women society had manually assembled 5,000 limited rose motion lights called the “Light Rose”, each equipped with a blow-to-glow device. With a soft blow, the Light Rose slowly lights up. Each rose reinforces the support for FTHK, while carries the sparkling love that warms and lights up the soul of many.
You can place your pre-order now (Jan 20/21) at www.lightrosegarden.com. Each rose is available at HK$100. Part of the proceeds will go to the Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation (FTHK), meaning that not only will you be sending your love to your beloved ones, each purchase also helps promote fair trade. The roses will be available for pickup between February 13, Valentine’s Day Eve, and February 23 at designated collection points.
Retail/Pickup points for Light Rose:
- Design PMQ, PMQ, Central
- L3, The Peak Galleria, The Peak
- Food Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay