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Art Basel and a new large – scale public light installation by Tatsuo Miyajima in Hong Kong

Art Basel and a new large – scale public light installation by Tatsuo Miyajima in Hong Kong

Internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima will present a new large – scale public lig ht installation during Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong this March.

Each night from March 21 to 26 ‘ Time Waterfall ’ will be shown across the entire façade of Hong Kong’s iconic 490 meter high International Commerce Centre (ICC) on the Kowloon harbor front. Time Waterfall’ schedule March 21 – 26 , 2016, intermittently between 7.20 pm – 10 p m.

‘ Time Waterfall’ is a new work by the artist which aims to convey the eternal luminance of human life, expressing an ethos of ‘living in the present’. The work will comprise the natural numbers one to nine, which will cascade down the face of the ICC, while never reaching zero.

The continuous counting down symbolizes life, while the zero implied by the extinction of light acts as a metaphor for death. Each digit will be of different sizes, and each will cascade at its own speed, creating a number of layers t hat each represent s a trajectory of individual lives. This work continues the artist’s signature use of light – emitting diode (LED) counters to demonstrate his three fundamental concepts – ‘Keep Changing’ ; ‘Connect with Everything’ ; and ‘Continue Forever’.

The absence of zero in his works refers to the Buddhist concept of ‘Sunya ’, which symbolizes the void or non – existence. The use of numbers, as abstract and conceptual symbols, becomes Miyajima’s universal lang u age, all owing his work to be appreciated and adapted internationally. The work will be visible from numerous locations across Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Tatsuo Miyajima (b. 1957) lives and works in Ibaraki, Japan. He is known for his light works using LED counters that flash in incessant cycl es between one and nine without ever reaching zero. Miyajima has held solo exhibitions internationally, including ‘Tatsuo Miyajima – KU’ at Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy (2014); ‘ Tatsuo Miyajima: LIFE I – Model’ at SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo, Japan (2012); ‘House Lives with Time’ in Seoul, South Korea (2012); ‘ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST’ at The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2011), amongst others. He has also presented works in numerous international biennales including the 43 rd Venice Biennale (1988) and 48th Venice Biennale (1999).

The artist is represented by Lisson Gallery, Buchmann Galerie, and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE.

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