French artist Invader attacks Harbour City with street art for a good cause

Have you noticed some quirky mosaic artwork on the walls of Harbour City recently? If you are wondering who’s behind this, we’re here to unravel the mystery!

Iconic French street artist Invader has hit Hong Kong with a new series of 32 impressive artworks. He recently invaded Harbour City installing 18 of his art pieces on prominent locations around the mall. His signature piece Space Invader is one of the most eye-catching installations. Other pieces like Anchor, Mermaid and Emojis match the theme of Harbour City.

What makes this collaboration so unique is that this is the first time that the iconoclastic artist is pairing up with a shopping mall for a charity fundraiser. For the occasion, he has designed a limited-edition umbrella printed with the same mosaic Anchor pattern that is displayed at the Ocean Terminal Rooftop Carpark.

Harbour City x Invader Limited Edition Umbrella – Charity Redemption Details

Date: 18 December 2017 – 11 February 2018
Time: 12noon – 8pm
Location: Level 3, Ocean Centre, Harbour City (near OC312, Leonidas)

Participation Method:

  1. Upload three photos of Invader’s mosaic artworks in Hong Kong or elsewhere on personal Facebook or Instagram account; hashtag #harbourcity & #hcart; and @harbourcity (at least one of the photos must be a self-portrait taken with the mosaic artwork at Harbour City)
  2. Present the related post and personal ID proof for verification, with simple registration and onsite donation of HK$200 to “Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation” to redeem one umbrella.

*Each person can redeem one umbrella throughout the whole redemption period only. Quota applies on a first-come-first-served basis while stock lasts.

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Sotheby’s first-ever street art sale in Hong Kong proves street art is here to stay

Street art is, by its very nature, a transient form of art, subject to the wear and tear of urban life. But with more street artists getting international acclaim, street art is finally making the crossover from the ‘unsanctioned’ territory to the legitimate blue-chip world of art galleries.

Sotheby’s first dedicated street art sale in Hong Kong titled, ‘Take It To The Street’, is one such step in that direction. Featuring 32 works donated by renowned international artists including Invader, Vhils, Shepard Fairey and José Parlá, the auction showcased a wide range of style and media. Be it broken window panes or crushed beer cans, the most unexpected of mediums were transformed to sheer visual delights.

But with street art being elevated to the so-called higher realms of fine art, is it losing its central ethos as a counter-culture movement? Jasmine Chen, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Specialist, says, “As a fine art category, street art is quite new, as traditionally street artists would stay away from normative places like art galleries and museums. But with a blurring of lines around what art means, it is easier for street artists to come into the fold of fine art without losing their identity. It is for this very reason that the market for street art has exploded recently.”

Indeed, if Sotheby’s ‘Take It To The Street’ sale is anything to go by, art collectors seem genuinely invested, with 100% of the lots being sold. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation to support future exhibitions and events.

Text: Suchetana Mukhopadhyay