Art is derived from life, and life sparkles because we dream! Since the launch of fabled cartoon “Peanuts” in the United States in 1950, the main character Snoopy has become the symbol for “dreams coming true”. Harbour City proudly presents the “Dare to Dream” Snoopy Art & Life Exhibition from July 16 to August 12, 2014, which displays the world’s largest figurine of Snoopy at 3.3 metres tall and Snoopy art pieces made with Japan’s most iconic traditional crafts created by Japanese artist Yoshiteru Otani and other master Japanese craftsmen.
Yoshi has worked together with Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schultz, for many times already and the Charles M. Schulz Museum has also displayed 2 art pieces created by Yoshi.
Yoshi had live demonstration of giant Snoopy calligraphy of “Hong Kong” with 4M x 2M size and “Dream” with 2M x 2M size at Atrium II, Gateway Arcade of Harbour City on 16 & 17 July, 2014.
Snoopy’s Time Track Giant Art Installation – Dreams Never Fail
The Ocean Terminal Forecourt in Harbour City will display “Dreams Never Fail” Snoopy’s Time Track Giant Art Installation curated by Yoshiteru Otani. 4 Snoopy figurines with different gestures with giant background graphics will run from the Main Entrance of Ocean Terminal of Harbour City to the 5 flag poles, which implies that Snoopy is traveling all the way from United States to Japan and then to Hong Kong, expressing the idea that art has no boundaries. In addition,the world’s largest Snoopy figurine at 3.3 metres tall, has become the symbol for the pioneering spirit of dreams realized, symbolising the determination of marching forward together to make dreams come true.
Snoopy themed calligraphy and Japanese craft exhibition – Create Your Dreams
“Gallery by the Harbour” at Harbour City will also organize the “Create Your Dreams” Snoopy themed calligraphy and Japanese craft exhibition at the same time. Prominent Japanese artist Yoshi Otani skilfully creates Snoopy images with brush calligraphy, other master Japanese craftsmen will also perform Japan’s most iconic traditional crafts such as Mino pottery and Wajima lacquering techniques on Snoopy’s figure. Moreover, the private collection of Mrs. Jean Schulz, Hida Ichii Itto-bori: Dragon and SNOOPY, will be also be displayed at the exhibition. Each unique art piece is created by different traditional oriental method to vividly interpret the lovable demeanour of Snoopy, showing the perfect fusion of Eastern and Western art.
Snoopy Dog House Art Array – Small House, Big World
In the comics Peanuts, Snoopy loves creating, daydreaming and soaring in the infinite world of imagination on the rooftop of his doghouse. The corridor of Gateway Arcade, Harbour City will be transformed into “Small House, Big World” — Snoopy Dog House Art Array, exhibiting Snoopy’s 10 doghouses designed by celebrities and artists under the theme of “Dream”. Through the 1.8-metre houses, 10 celebrities and artists from different nationalities and professions express their childhood memories and dreams, implying diverse art features of their cultures. It is also the first time for Schulz Studio of Charles Schulz, the Peanuts creator, to design and exhibit a doghouse overseas. Other designers include Japanese artist Yoshi Otani, Liverpool footballer Ian Rush MBE and British fashion designer Philip Colbert as well as local artist Pak Sheung Chuen and his children, “slang guru” So Real Real and the prodigy of painting Kenny Lau Kin Gi. The art installation will help us break the constraints of reality to re-encounter our own big world. Let’s embark on the “dream” journey.
Pop-up Store for Made-in-Japan Snoopy Products – Dream Memorial
Simultaneously, Hong Kong’s first “Dream Memorial” — Pop-up Store for Made-in-Japan Snoopy Products will be set up at Atrium 1, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, selling exclusively made-in-Japan Snoopy products for the first time in Hong Kong. From daily commodities to accessories, every piece combines fine Japanese traditional crafts, such as Mino-yaki tableware, Wajima-nuri tableware, tins utensils and ornaments, and Kaga Yuzen handkerchiefs, signifying the endless pursuit of the finest craftsmanship. Now you can also collect art pieces of Snoopy at your home. There are also Snoopy art and life sale counters to sell Snoopy plush toys, handbags, backpacks, gadgets, cookies and chocolates.
Harbour City’s Ocean Terminal will transform into a Snoopy Artland, bringing children into a Snoopy dream world. The park will be decorated with colourful tones of light blue and pink, along with a 12 feet tall Snoopy doghouse in which children can slide besides the doghouse into the playground. The surrounding decoration will be filled with summer themes such as Snoopy enjoying an ice cream, popsicle and cupcake, cooling off from the summer heat.
Date: 16 July to 12 August 2014
Time: 10am to 10pm
Venue: Harbour City
Admission: Free admission
Address: 3 – 27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon