(Macau SAR, May 18, 2023)— This summer, five of Macau and Hong Kong’s well-known contemporary artists came together for a period of shared inspiration under the roof of Galaxy Macau Integrated Resort (hereinafter Galaxy Macau). Working with the theme of “Summer Love”, the five artists painted individual creations across a live format, as well as later conjoining their creativity on an extensive 50-meter mural—an amalgamation of 10-meter murals painted by each of the five artists. On the afternoon of May 18, at art space GalaxyArt in Galaxy Promenade, “Artists-in-Residence: Summer Love – Live Mural Painting and Exhibition” was officially launched.
Mr. Cheng Wai Tong, Deputy Director of Macao Government Tourism Office of the Macau SAR Government, Mr. Cheang Kai Meng, Vice President of Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macau SAR Government, Mr. Lok Hei, President of Macau Artist Society, Mr. Kevin Kelley, Chief Operating Officer – Macau of Galaxy Entertainment Group, and Mr. Raymond Yap, Senior Director of Integrated Resort Services of Galaxy Entertainment Group were in attendance to celebrate the exhibition’s opening. In addition to the individual murals created by each artist, the opening ceremony also unveiled the artists’ collaboration that featured a kaleidoscope of creative styles and techniques, as well as underscoring the deep cultural ties between Macau and Hong Kong.
Mr. Kevin Kelley, Chief Operating Officer – Macau of Galaxy Entertainment Group, said: “Galaxy Macau has always been committed to promoting the development of local art and culture in its many forms. We believe that Macau’s new ‘Tourism + Art’ concept is sure to attract visitors from around the globe to come and experience the unique charms of Macau. This event featured contemporary artists from Macau and Hong Kong who worked together to create a series of interesting and imaginative murals on the grounds of Galaxy Macau in what has been a remarkable showcase of the infinite possibilities of inspiration and creativity. In the future, we hope to continue to offer a variety of cultural, artistic, and performing arts activities for our guests so that they may embark on a journey of art appreciation during their stay at Galaxy Macau.”
Five talented artists from Macau and Hong Kong spent six weeks at GalaxyArt, delighting art lovers who were given a live window into their creative journey. Through each artist’s brushstrokes, summer themes of flowers, animals, the ocean and the starry sky were subtly transformed into a combination of lines, color blocks, graphics, and text as each artist presented his or her personal interpretation on the theme of “Summer Love.” As part of “Artists-in-Residence: Summer Love – Live Mural Painting and Exhibition,” the exhibition of the murals will run till June 30 and is free to the public. Please check the official website of Galaxy Macau https://www.galaxymacau.com to learn more.
Extending their best wishes for the success of the event were Mr. Cheng Wai Tong, Deputy Director of Macao Government Tourism Office of the Macau SAR Government (fifth from left); Mr. Cheang Kai Meng, Vice President of Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macau SAR Government (fourth from left); Mr. Lok Hei, President of Macau Artist Society (fifth from right); Mr. Kevin Kelley, Chief Operating Officer – Macau of Galaxy Entertainment Group (third from left); Mr. Raymond Yap, Senior Director of Integrated Resort Services of Galaxy Entertainment Group (fourth from right), and the five artists.
Guests gathered to celebrate the official launch of Artists-in-Residence: Summer Love – Live Mural Painting and Exhibition at GalaxyArt.
Hong Kong mural artist and illustrator Bao Ho sits in front of her mural “Love Across the Sea”. Using a surreal style that evokes a world of dreamy summer days, on the left she has portrayed Mazu, goddess of the sea. Widely worshipped in both Macau and Hong Kong, Mazu serves as a metaphor for the cultural exchange between the two cities. On the right, a horse riding the waves is a nod to the Chinese proverb “cars like running water, horses like swimming dragons”—a metaphor for the flourishing vitality and non-stop energy of the two cities.
Hong Kong artist and illustrator Kristopher Ho approaches summer from a different angle as he looks to highlight the culture and creativity shared by Macau and Hong Kong. His works “THE PROLOGUE” and “CONNECTION” are exercises in contrast between various tropical animals and the floral emblems of the two cities.
Macau graffiti artist MCZ sits in front of his work “Heart of Love.” Using abstract mediums, his paintings depict dreamlike states that reflect the artist’s feelings associated with “the sky, sea, and warmth of summer.”
Macau graffiti artist PIBG in front of his work “Some Blue” and “Oxygen”. A girl is surround by stars and the Milky Way; flowers transform into musical notes allowing viewers to experience the sounds of a warm summer night as if there in person.
Hong Kong mural artist and calligrapher Samantha Cheung’s three murals, “The Story”, are to be read as if a story book. In flowing Western calligraphic script, she tells a lovers’ tale of summer. Her work cleverly incorporates the floral emblems of Macau and Hong Kong amid a story about summer love.
The opening ceremony also unveiled the five Macau and Hong Kong’s artists collaboration that featured a kaleidoscope of creative styles and techniques, as well as underscoring the deep cultural ties between Macau and Hong Kong.
Please download high-res images from the link below: https://www.galaxymacaulibrary.com/gallery/2023-GalaxyArt-Summer-Love-Launch-Event/G0000IafPnPXXIoM
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About Galaxy Macau Integrated Resort
Galaxy Macau™, The World-class Luxury Integrated Resort delivers the “Most Spectacular Entertainment and Leisure Destination in the World”. Developed at an investment of HK$43 billion, the property covers 1.1 million square metres of unique entertainment and leisure attractions that are unlike anything else in Macau. Six award-winning world-class luxury hotels provide close to 4,000 rooms, suites and villas. They include Banyan Tree Macau, Galaxy Hotel™, Hotel Okura Macau, JW Marriott Hotel Macau, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, Broadway Hotel. Unique to Galaxy Macau, the 75,000-square-meter Grand Resort Deck features the world’s longest Skytop Adventure Rapids at 575 metres, the largest Skytop Wave Pool with waves up to 1.5 metres high and 150-meter pristine white sand beach. Two five-star spas from Banyan Tree Spa Macau and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Macau help guests relax and rejuvenate.
As the dining destination in Asia, Galaxy Macau offers a wide variety of gastronomic delights, exquisite experiences and ingredients of the finest quality with over 120 dining options from Michelin dining to authentic delicacies; Galaxy Promenade is the hottest shopping destination featuring the latest in fashion and curated experiences in Macau. Spanning over 100,000 square meters, luxury flagship stores, lifestyle boutiques and our selection of labels are among the more than 200 world-renowned brands for a world-class shopping journey; Galaxy Cinemas, a 10-theatre 3D Cineplex boasting 4K laser projection; CHINA ROUGE, one-of-a-kind deluxe lounge that evokes the glitz and glamor of Shanghai's golden era with entertainment in luxury and style; and Foot Hub presents the traditional art of reflexology to make you feel more relaxed and revitalized. For Authentic Macau Flavours & Vibrant Asian Experiences, Broadway Macau – just a 90-second walk via a bridge from Galaxy Macau, has over 40 different Authentic Macau & Asian Flavours at its Broadway Food Street. The 2,500-seat Broadway Theatre plays host to world-class entertainers and a diverse array of cultural events. Meeting, incentive and banquet groups are also well looked after with a portfolio of unique venues in Galaxy Macau and a professional service staff.
Galaxy Macau is set to begin a new chapter, with the opening of two world-class luxury hotels – Raffles at Galaxy Macau and Andaz Macau. Galaxy International Convention Center (GICC) is the latest addition to the Group’s ever-expanding integrated resort precinct and will usher in a new era for the MICE industry in Macau. GICC is a world-class event venue featuring 40,000 sqm of total flexible MICE, and a 16,000-seat Galaxy Arena – the largest indoor arena in Macau.