In 2022, Swire Properties celebrated our 50th anniversary with an “ORIGINAL. ALWAYS.” themed campaign, commemorating the Company’s creative and innovative spirit and long-term commitment, as well as the core values and people that have made this extraordinary journey possible. A host of programmes and special initiatives were held throughout the year, featuring collaborations with renowned and up-and-coming artists from the worlds of contemporary and digital art. Each of them mirrored our anniversary theme and delivered original, immersive and exceptional arts and cultural experiences to our local communities.
Tim Blackburn, our Chief Executive, remarked that, “Originality and creativity are integral parts of our placemaking efforts. Over the past half century, this approach has inspired us to enrich local neighbourhoods and make art and culture a part of everyday life. Our developments are renowned for effortlessly combining these elements to create places where people can thrive. I can’t think of a better way to continue our anniversary celebrations than by sharing such inspiring experiences with our communities.”
Artistic expression is vital to the health of communities and society. Swire Properties remains committed to supporting artists, creators and performers by showcasing artistic and cultural works throughout our portfolio. Our 50th anniversary celebrations held throughout the year featured collaborations with renowned and up-and-coming artists from the worlds of contemporary and digital art.
Swire Properties 50th Anniversary Arts Programmes Highlights
Bags: Inside Out
Bags: Inside Out – Partnering with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this exhibition of 240 rare and unique bags, from designer handbags and vanity cases to utilitarian rucksacks – is travelling to five Swire Properties malls in the Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong in 2022 and 2023, bringing world-class museum experiences to people and inspiring our communities. The thematic exhibition examines the worldwide heritage of bags from the 16th century to today, exploring their function, status and craftsmanship, and unpacking humanity’s longstanding fascination with them.
Orbstellar Metaspace, Pacific Place’s first-ever Artech exhibition created by local artist Chris Cheung and his art collective XCEPT. Launched in the summer of 2022, the cosmic installation invited visitors to embark on an astral voyage of participatory digital art, NFT co-creation and a captivating three-dimensional experience featuring celestial bodies and orbs.
50th Anniversary Art NFT Collection
Our 50th Anniversary Art NFT Collection took Swire Properties’ support for cultural programming in an original new direction. We commissioned 10 artists from Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States to create an NFT collection that articulated the artists’ unique styles and took inspiration from our “originality” theme. These works accentuated our creative vision and inventiveness and underlined our sustained commitment to a dynamic, flourishing future.
Seasons in Continuum
In November and December 2022, we launched a specially-commissioned botanical art series at Taikoo Place called “Seasons in Continuum”. Magical floral sculptures reflecting our “Original. Always.” Anniversary theme provided an immersive, creative playground for the public and the local community to enjoy. The four intricate and unique installations, named “Spectrum”, “Ripple”, “Origination” and “Reflections”, were brought to life by Hong Kong-based floral artisan Kirk Cheng, who specialises in large-scale floral installations.
Art Basel Hong Kong Partnership
2022 marked the 10th year of our partnership with Art Basel Hong Kong. To celebrate this partnership, Swire Properties offered an open and accessible space for art enthusiasts to connect and unwind during the event.
To celebrate this partnership, Swire Properties offered an open and accessible space for art enthusiasts to connect and unwind during the event. Designed by Hong Kong architectural studio ESKYIU, the Swire Properties VIP Lounge was themed “PROPAGATION”, an undulating installation inspired and anchored by UK artist Alison Crowther’s “Kissing Bench”.
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