Playtime with Friends With You
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 01 August 2012
We’ve been following the artist collective Friends With You, aka Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval, since we caught their fantastic fantasy parade in Miami Beach in 2006. So it’s great to see the group has brought their poppy, cartoonish creations to Asia where they have already delighted the local kids. "Happy Rainbow", the artists’ first show in Hong Kong at the TMT Plaza shopping mall “is an interactive rainbow shrine, created for people of all ages to experience” as their website describes the playground installation. The exhibition includes a 40-foot bouncy house as well as colourful fibreglass, plush and resin sculptures that the artists say, in their usual euphoric language, are “designed to envelope the visitors and transcend them into a higher state of self-awareness… Each piece in the exhibition is charged with so much colour and power that it brings great harmony to all who look upon it. This exhibition is created as a modern day shrine that doubles as a playful adventure into the soul. Happy Rainbow is a place where all the colours of the rainbow come together to give you super magical play powers. Simply by playing in at Happy Rainbow you will be transported to a world filled with happy characters, colour, magic, and new friends. Explore all the hidden gems of Happy Rainbow and you will find happiness.” More photos of the ecstatic installation can be found on the artists’ website and at Designboom.
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