Happiness Here - a dialogue between generations

PrizeOfficial Selection in Build (architecture)
CompanyArtwow Group Company Limited
ArtistHikoko Ito
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Inspired by paper-folding and paper-cutting (the two art forms that have long been used in expressions of hopes for joy), adorned with artistic motifs of the Chinese character for happiness and happy icons created by local primary schools children, the seating serves to inspire us to seek pleasure in the little things and moments in life. Located in front of the HK government headquarters, it also subtly reminds policymakers of their vital role in fostering conditions for a happier society.

Born in Akita, Japan, Hikoko had worked on multi-disciplinary design projects, and had also taught courses in architecture at universities and art institutions. She produces prints, digital art, games as well as large-scale 3D creations endowed with Chinese characters. Her works have been exhibited in Venice, Paris, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China; and have also adorned postal stamps, wall murals, public seating, interior wall claddings, as well as a collection of scarves and fashion apparels of Hermès’s Shang Xia brand.