By: Michelle Wonderland
The Pandas are coming. Brought to us by the same people who floated Florentijn Hofman’s yellow rubber duckie through our Fragrant Harbour last year, get set to swoon over French artist Paolo Grangeon’s 1600 papier-mâché pandas popping up on our shores beginning this June. Psst: panda provocateur Grangeon plans to unveil four unique pandas reserved just for the Hong Kong leg of this tour.
Keep your eyes peeled for these monochrome cuties, representing the 1600 living pandas around the world. After going global via a world tour including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and Taiwan, the pandas confirmed “appearances” include ten iconic landmarks like Victoria Park, TST Harbourfront, Hong Kong Coliseum, Tsing Ma Bridge, Lantau’s Big Buddha, Shatin Racecourse, and of course to visit real life celebrity pandas Le Le, Ying Ying, and Jia Jia at Ocean Park.
As part of the WWF tour to promote conservation and sustainable development, 1600 Pandas World Tour culminates with a finale at PMQ, Hong Kong’s designer hub and art space.