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This Bus Really Is Hanging on the Edge of Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel, But Why?

Some of the biggest names in the world of Asian art are about to gather in one place throughout an event that starts Sunday and runs until Wednesday. Yep, we’re talking about this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong. The new show gives galleries from around the world a platform in Asia to demonstrate the way they work with artists and bring their highest quality work in the city on the southern coast of China. This bus is one of those creations.
British artist Richard Wilson's art project for Art Basel Hong Kong 1 photo
Made by British artist Richard Wilson, the sculpture is part of the art festival and is inspired by... the 1969 Italian Job British heist movie. More precisely, it replicates the scene when the Michael Caine and his gang of robbers hang dangerously off a mountain top.

An renown artist that was nominated twice for the Turner Prize, the creator of this peculiar bus is known to play with space and perception throughout his work.

It appears the hanging-bus is the first initiative in a three-year partnership between The Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel and the Royal Academy of Arts in the UK. Dubbed “Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea,” the art project features a full-sized replica of a vintage twin-axel Harrington Legionnaire coach that appears to be teetering on the edge of the hotel’s seventh floor.

The looks are not the only ones to be accurate to an actual bus, since according to Art Daily, the kinetic sculpture actually weighs 6,5 tonnes. The almost-falling off the margin feeling is in fact given by an hydraulic equipment programmed to rock the coach by up to twelve degrees at random intervals.

Art baby!

 
 
 
 
 

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