in celebration of the moon festival, spherical lanterns illuminate a soccer field in hong kong

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illuminated INSTALLATION CELEBRATES ancient moon festival 

Hong Kongbased architecture studio, Ida & Billy Architects, illuminates a soccer field in Victoria Park with spherical weaved lanterns to illustrate the ancient folk story of the moon festival for the celebration of the 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival. Titled ‘Moon Story’, the installation project, produced by Haitian craftsmen, is a 3D theatrical space composed of three lit triangular geodesic spheres with indented shapes of iconic characters of hopping rabbits and a full moon. Welded structured triangulation ties together the moon, the rabbit, and the hill with texture and shadows, triggering the curiosity, imagination, and exploration of humans since ancient times.

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triangulation shape the rabbit indent within the sphere

all images courtesy of Ida & Billy Architects

carved geodesic structures narrate the story of the moon

Each piece is designed to represent a painting by the designers at Ida & Billy Architects. Two of the three spheres are carved into rabbits that look like they are hopping, and the third has a hill shaped indent with a smaller sphere floating inside to depict the scene of the moon sitting on the hill. Geodesic structures are welded together and linked to a program-controlled lighting system to create 3D shapes of the carved subjects to represent the rabbit’s integration into the moon’s shape. As a result, the open installation area invites the visitors to immerse themselves in an imaginary interactive learning experience about the cultural significance of the moon festival. 

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‘moon story’ installation set on a soccer field at night

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different colored lights installed within the sphere

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