Sunday, 11 October 2015

Record-breaking lantern sculpture lights up Hong Kong

Hong Kong's signature glow may well be neon, but a different type of light illuminated the city's Victoria Park at the weekend during a successful attempt at building the largest ever sculpture made from lanterns.
The record-breaking fish-shape construction was made from 2,360 traditional Chinese lanterns, and took 35 people 13 days to build.

Measuring 36.52 x 9.63 x 13.20m ( 119.82 x 31.59 x 43.31 ft), the sculpture formed the centrepiece of the Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland carnival in the park marking Hong Kong's Mid-Autumn Festival.
Created by local designer William Lim, the sculpture was built using a traditional bamboo scaffolding technique.

This massive lantern was the result of a local design competition, organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and supported by the Ambassadors of Design (AoD), Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA) and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), with sponsors Lee Kum Kee covering the sculpture's production costs.

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