Hongtao Zhou’s Growing Chairs Art Installation breaks ground in Shanghai, in the old Siping neighborhood, in the Lujiazui Park, on Tongji University campus (World Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expo) and at China International Furniture Fair (CIFF-Shanghai) East Design Show. The installations represent organic growth of cities, free spirit within these spaces, and the neighborhood’s urban regeneration demand.
The Growing Chairs all come from one simple form of a chair that then uses free-form bending technology to bend, grow, and react to the surrounding environment changing the rigid environment. They create new dialogues between the sculpture gestures, the people, and the land to make sculptural public seating for short term rest. They invite visitors and neighbors to react to the unusual chairs and promote children and visitors to think about the various methods of reactivating old, industrial, living neighborhoods. The bonds between the workers, the steel pipes, and the possibilities of forms reinforce the connection among the locals, the creative neighborhood, as well as the schools surrounding the sites.
This project is based within the Siping community next to Tongji University’s College of Design and Innovation as a part of the Siping Regeneration Project to intervene the area with creative projects in the old-style workers’ neighborhood, bringing art, design, and energy to a traditional, old community.
Hongtao Zhou is Shanghai Oriental Scholar Professor at College of Design and Innovation (D&I) of Tongji University. Project Participants: Zhongjin Zhang, Xiaotong Zhang, Zhihao Li, Jue Mo, Ziran, Liu, Hongliang Wang, Cao Peifeng.
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