血腥的花 Bloody Flower #1
紙糊雕塑Paper Mache Sculpture
(installation view, Y-Platform Art Gallery , Hong Kong Y-Square , 29-31 August 2014)
© 2014 C. Kenneth Lee, all rights reserved
**Exhibited at The Y-Platform Art Gallery, Hong Kong Y-Square, 29-31 August 2014
"Bloody Flower#1" was created during the same year when the famous French sculptor Paulo Grangeon created 1600 Panda Maches and brought them to Hong Kong to spread awareness about the endangered bear and stimulate dialogue around sustainable development. But "Bloody Flower" is anything but cute. This is not your cute, bright colored, dancing, and singing daisy. This is a hurt, beaten up, injured flower that reflect the constant hurt in the natural environment by constant renovations in buildings, exhaust from the over populated buses and public transportation that are trapped by many tall skyscrapers, boat diesel fuel that constantly overflow into the ever-shrinking harbor, and the many visitors that exhale toxic chemicals wrapped in thin cylinders. This flower is wrapped in white badges with blood soaking through as if it was waiting in the emergency room. Air pollution has been a constant problem affecting both the health of citizens of Hong Kong, the air, and its scarce natural environments. Cases of asthma and bronchial infections have soared in recent years due to reduced air quality. We are not just talking about flowers, but everything from fake foods, toxic chemicals sprayed to plants and how food is treated in the city before it reaches restaurants. As people say, "We are what we eat." If we eat these toxic plants/foods, we become the toxic plants/foods. "Bloody Flower #1" is quite graphic and purposely stands out during its first appearance in The 2014 Hong Kong Arts Centre Paper Mache Sculpture Exhibition held at The Hong Kong Y-Square.