‘transform bar’ by kacey wong, 2012
all images courtesy the artist
hong kong-based artist kacey wong has sent to designboom his newest experimental sculpture, ‘transform bar’. the 3 x 4 foot juice stand
has been built from re-purposed wood, the natural planks joined in such a way to create planters with wheat grass growing from the
rectangular boxes. these greenery growing containers are connected to the vertically elongated shop by a wheel-in-track drawer system
and in this way, are able to extended from the main structure with ease to maximize sunlight from all angles to aid the growth of the grass.
wong developed the bar for he, himself to stand inside of– mixing apple and wheat grass juices within the confines of the structure
in order to raise awareness of the food source system and what the artist sees as ‘extending art appreciation to the sense of taste and consumption’.
‘transform bar’ was created with the image of hong kong street hawkers’ stalls in mind. wong says of his artwork in comparison to the original
food stalls of the bustling city streets that, ‘in order to survive, the owner of the hawkers’ stalls will push out and pull back their merchandise
in different times of the day, forming a flexible system. 3 feet by 4 feet is only so big, the merchandise have to match the market demand in order
to sustain a proper living, running the business also have to be flexible and legal. it could also be said that the hong kong way to survive is to
be adoptive with the environment through transformation‘.
the juice bar work is on exhibition at osage [kwun tong] gallery until the 9th of june, 2012.
the juice bar when the track and wheel arms have been brought in
a visualization of the grass growing on the piece
while the exterior shelves house a long rectangular stretch of grass, while the interior system boasts a collection of apples
the juicing work station in use
the artist with his work in the gallery space
users of the piece harvest a small segment of grass with a small blade to add to the juice mix
gallery view of ‘transform bar’
various perspectives of the piece picturing the finished ‘transform bar’ (left) and work in progress (right views)
‘transform bar’ took its form from a pile of scrap wood gathered by the artist
each plank of wood which build the work are recycled material