Hand tufted interactive carpet
Wool, Silk, Light reflective yarn, UV yarn, thermochromic yarn
Haw Par Mansion, (No.15A Tai Hang Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong)
Commissioned by Design Trust, 2019
Dancing Phoenix is a 6m wide feature carpet for the ground floor main hall of Haw Par Mansion; one of the most important heritage sites in Hong Kong dating back to 1935. The mansion has now been transformed into the home of a new music foundation.
Hand crafted by TaiPing Carpet, the carpet brings back authenticity and time, through innovated yarn technologies, the phoenix comes alive responding to the immediate environment of the Haw Par Mansion and its interaction with the surroundings. Each visitor’s personal journey is embedded within the carpet self through the key Chinese mythology figure Phoenix. The carpet can be perceived differently from different angles, lighting levels, and distances. It is different at varying times of the day, and is also affected by indoor temperatures. Considering the notion of time and the object’s relativity within the space itself, as well as Haw Paw Mansion re-purposing into a music foundation, the new carpet enables a personal journey within the space, just like music.