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25 Oct 2017



First ever exhibition of Rocket-Lantern Sculpture by French artist Nicolas Buffe

15 feet tall sculpture merging multi-culture, technology & mortise-and-tenon crafts

Large-scale cosmic paper installation created by local artistic duo Stickyline

From 11 November 2017 to 1 January 2018, K11 will be displaying Rocket Lantern Sculpture by French contemporary artist Nicolas Buffe and a large-scale cosmic paper installation by local artistic duo Stickyline, as part of the exhibition THE UNIVERSE IN ME: A CHRISTMAS VOYAGE. By immersing the public in a mesmerizing universe through this multi-art form exhibition during the festive season, K11 offers everyone an opportunity to appreciate art with innocent eyes for inspiration and self-reflection ahead of the new year. Long committed to nurturing the next generation, K11 will be promoting its docent junior program, which helps kids become leaders by improving their communication skills and self-confidence through different training. Top performers will have a chance to meet and greet with Nicolas Buffe and Stickyline.

  1. Interact with Rocket-Lantern Sculpture by Nicolas Buffe through augmented reality


Size: 465cm (H) x 325cm (L) x 180cm (W)

Medium: Mixed Materials (Wood, metal, resin, paper, paint)

Year of creation: 2017

Renowned for mixing the erudite with popular culture in multifaceted universes, Buffe combines in his creations both Western art traditions with Japanese and American pop culture like Anime, Tokusatsu, Japanese manga and video games. The Rocket-Lantern Sculpture, exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time, offers a unique form of interactivity. With the help of a mobile app and Augmented Reality (AR) technology, art lovers can view 13 zodiacs designed by Buffe. The artist hopes to offer the public a channel of self-reflection by reconnecting them with their childhood imagination and reawakening their artistic spirit.

Installed at K11 Atrium will be the 15 feet tall Rocket-Lantern Sculpture, whose main structure was constructed by Japanese craftsmen at Tokyo with Japanese tilia and larch wood using mortise-and-tenon joints. The installation also features modern Tokusatsu sculpture techniques and traditional Japanese lantern manufacturing. To unleash visitors’ imagination, Nicolas Buffe has created a narrative based on the popular and traditional Japanese myths mixed with the 13 western zodiac signs. The story involves the disappearance of Capricorn from the night sky, which has put this year’s Christmas in jeopardy. Urania, the muse of astrology and astronomy, must crisscross the universe in her rocket-lantern and use her resources to find Capricorn, thereby restoring celestial balance and saving Christmas.

Rocket Lantern Sculpture Installation Art

Date: 11 November 2017 – 1 January 2018

Time: 10:00am– 10:00pm

Venue: K11 Atrium (G/F)

The path of reflection continues at the chi K11 art space, where visitors will be greeted by a theatrical entrance before reaching an interactive zone featuring 13 zodiac drawings, graphics, gates, drawings on windows, interactive games and more. The highlight is an in-mall “planetarium” where visitors get to lie down on giant cushions to view personalized astronomical and astrological images projected on the ceiling of an indoor tent.

Entrance gate to Exhibition by Nicolas Buffe

Digital Planetarium




Zodiac drawings


Exhibition by Nicolas Buffe

Date: 11 November 2017 – 14 January 2018

Time: 12:00nn– 10:00pm

Venue: chi K11 art space (B2/F)

Fee*: HK$30

* Admission fee will be waived in the following cases:

-Follow K11 Artist Club (@K11hk @k11artistklub) on Instagram

-Join K11 Artist Klub paid membership

-Participant of Art Infinity courses

-A member of K11 Artist Klub individual or family membership

-Children under 12 years old or students (valid student ID required)

2. 3D paper art installation by Stickyline explores the mystery of the universe

This year, K11 has invited local artistic duo Stickyline to echo Nicolas Buffe’s creative concept by concurrently presenting large-scale paper installation at K11, as an engaging contrast against Buffe’s fantasy-filled and comic-style artwork.

Local artistic duo Stickyline presents The Universals, a large-scale 3D paper installation at K11 Piazza. The installation will feature 35 asteroid-like geometrical wonders meticulously engineered using paper and illuminated with light projections to depict a corner of the universe, exploring time and space through science and philosophy.

The Universals paper art installation

Date: 11 November 2017 – 14 January 2018

Venue: K11 Piazza (G/F)

Extending from the concept of The Universals, Stickyline also created Laws of Existence, 11 works combining paper art and machines, which will be featured in the K11 Showcases. Echoing Buffe’s cosmic adventure are three overarching themes: the eternal structure and laws of the ever-changing cosmos, natural regularities guided by the cosmos and human civilisation inspired by the cosmos. The works by Stickyline attempts to interpret the cosmos, nature and humanity, while reflecting our ignorance concerning the grandeur of the cosmos.

Laws of Existence combining paper art and machine art works

Date: 11 November 2017 – 14 January 2018

Time: 10:00am- 10:00pm

Venue: K11 Showcases (G/F, 1/F, 2/F)

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