Hong Kong – Let’s go green 2013 Mid-Autumn Festival! Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is giving new life to 7,000 recycled plastic bottles by using them to construct a three-story high lantern. This giant lantern will be installed in Victoria Park’s Soccer Pitch number 6 as the showpiece of “one2free Lantern Wonderland,” title sponsored by mobile service provider one2free.
The “Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival” is one of the highlights of the Government’s “Hong Kong: Our Home” campaign, under the theme “Vibrant Hong Kong.” The lantern installation, named “Rising Moon,” was designed by four young architectural designers: Mr. Siu Kwok Kin Stanley, Mr. Chan Pui Hong Aden, Mr. Hui Chun Hoi Eddie and Mr. He Yiteng, whose design won the Gold Award in the Lantern Wonderland Design Competition.
“Rising Moon” is a hemispheric installation measuring 10 meters in height and 20 meters in diameter. In addition to about 7,000 recycled plastic bottles, other recyclable and reusable materials, including steel frames, cable wires and energy-saving LED light bulbs, are used to construct the lantern. The lantern will sit on a pool of water, where lighting effects will allow it to join its reflection to produce the different lunar phases. After the exhibition, the plastic bottles will be collected by the Yan Oi Tong EcoPark Plastic Resources Recycling Centre for recycling.
Near the “one2free Lantern Wonderland” in Victoria Park, the HKTB is going to set up a “Wishing Corridor” and a “Mid-Autumn Market,” where local merchants will sell handicrafts and festive food items. On 19 September, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, which is inscribed on the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, will wind its way to Victoria Park to celebrate the festival with visitors and locals. The HKTB will also promote activities in major districts so that visitors to Hong Kong can immerse themselves fully in the local mid-autumn cultural experience.
- The moon has always been the main focus of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The concept of this design is to bring the distant moon to earth, Victoria Park specifically, and to celebrate the tradition of reunion with family and friends under the full moon.
- From ancient times to the present, the lantern form has been evolving, from the traditional paper lantern to the characteristic cartoon lantern, marking the change of times.
- Drawing inspiration from daily life, the designers decided to re-interpret the lantern form using recycled plastic bottles, thus promoting the message of environmental protection.
- The designers hope to inspire visitors and local residents to think about how we can make the world a better place to live in while appreciating the giant lantern.
- “Rising Moon” is three stories high, measuring approximately 10 meters in height and 20 meters in diameter.
- The entire lantern is made from recyclable and reusable materials, including approximately 7,000 recycled plastic bottles (4,848 5-gallon bottles and 2,300 1.5-liter bottles), steel frames, cable wires and energy-saving LED lights. The plastic bottles will be recycled after the display.
- The semi-spherical structure consists of triangular steel components, each crossed with cable wires to form a cable net. LED lights tied to plastic bottles are secured to the cable net in each triangular steel frame, forming the surface of the lantern.
- The giant lantern sits in a pool, and with lighting effects, it joins its reflection, imitating the moon phases, forming a “full moon” at one point.
- Visitors and local residents can walk inside the structure from its sides to appreciate the design of the interior, which is filled with suspended lanterns made from recycled plastic bottles. Spectators can view the full moon through the lantern’s dormer. The lantern interior can accommodate a maximum of 100 persons at a time.
Venue: Soccer Pitch No.6, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
- 14 September, 2013 – 8pm to 11pm
- 15-18 September 2013 – 6:30pm to 11pm
- 19 September 2013 – 6:30pm to midnight
- 20 – 22 September 2013 – 6:30pm to 11pm