When I lived in Hong Kong, these amazing ‘wrappings’ were one of the things I would stand and gaze at in wonderment. They never failed to trigger eclectic and exciting sensory responses and if one were literally immersed in the environment, the additional sounds and smells make the visual experience all the richer in texture. Overwhelming yes, but that is the beauty of Hong Kong.
Amazing photographs from the series ‘Cocoons’ by Peter Steinhauer
Singapore-based photographer peter steinhauer documents the architecture within the urban landscape of hong kong from an uncommon perspective — when the monolithic structures are under construction. his series of ‘cocoon’ compositions capture the towering edifices entirely wrapped in a veil of vibrantly colored silk — a typical structural material unique to the metropolis, which contains debris within and prevents it falling onto the street beneath. enveloped in the brightly-hued fabric, the skyscrapers cloaked in the web of textiles transforms the cityscape, seeming more like a massive artistic intervention rather than a construction device. blue, yellow and green fibers act as a cape, draping over every structural feature like a blanket, framing the scene. the series’ namesake references the casing that wraps some insects during a stage of their metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly — an appropriate way to characterize the architectural sites…
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