Blooming Camellias Show the Beauty of Chongqing to the World

1th September 2018


This August, Chongqing International Finance Square (Chongqing IFS) has joined hands with renowned Italian artist, architect, and founder of MOTOElastico Studio, Mr. Simone Carena; and ethnic Chinese artist, Ms. Yihong Hsu, in unveiling an original public artwork installation, “LOVE.FOUND.” This visually stunning work is composed of camellias, the city flower of Chongqing, and a giant panda, China’s national treasure. The large camellia tree represents vitality, while the giant panda, China's friendship ambassador, holding the camellia flower represents sharing the beauty of Chongqing with the world while encouraging people to seek happiness and share their love of life with others.

In order to show the unique beauty of the city, Chongqing IFS invited artists Simone Carena and Yihong Hsu to create a fine work of urban public art for Chongqing. For this piece, the artists have chosen camellias, the city flower of Chongqing, and a giant panda, China’s national treasure, as the main creative elements. Camellias represent Chongqing’s passion and vitality, and are the symbol of the city and its people. The giant panda represents China, and is a symbol of friendship and cultural exchange between China and the world. As China’s friendship ambassador, the giant panda shares camellias with the public, demonstrating the beauty and vitality of Chongqing, the youngest municipality in China.

About the artists:


Mr. Simone Carena is a renowned Italian artist and architect. Simone Carena was awarded the Knighthood of the Order of the Italian Star by the President of Italy in 2017 for his contribution to international culture exchange. Mr. Carena excels at elevating the public perception of urban public spaces with inspirational designs deeply rooted in the local culture.

Yihong Hsu, an ethnic Chinese artist, is a 17-year veteran in the design industry and has worked in Washington DC, Seoul, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. She is noted for skillfully weaving aspects of different local cultures into her works. This artwork by Simone Carena and Yihong Hsu not only reflects the cultural exchange of Chinese and Western heritage, but also articulates the determination of Chongqing IFS to promote cultural and artistic dialogue between the city and the world.

“LOVE.FOUND.” is collaborative work between the two artists, blending artistic aesthetics with commercial design concepts. This installation artwork reflects the perfectly-integrated creative exchange between the two artists on the deeper meaning of culture and space. The entire piece took the artists over 300 days to create, from concept to completion. In this 6.5-meter-tall, 16-ton installation, the camellia tree consists of steel tree trunks and a hundred red camellia flowers, which has been installed on the northeast side of the outdoor piazza on the third floor of Chongqing IFS. The 12-meter-long panda weighs nearly 7 tons, with a body made of stainless steel. The surface of the panda has been finished in chrome to mirror the contours of the surrounding space and the changes of the outside world, allowing the surrounding urban environment to be integrated dynamically into the work. The installation lies in a comfortable setting on the roof of the shopping mall, creating a sense of joy and happiness.

Diversified Consumer Experience Leads Chongqing's Luxury, Fashion and Lifestyle


Chongqing IFS, as the new city center stage of luxury, fashion, and lifestyle in Chongqing, has been actively promoting dialogue between the city and the world through international cultural and artistic activities, including: “City on Cardboard,” a collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Chengdu to promote a culture of international environmentalism and art in Chongqing; as well as the “Color up Your Life” Graffiti Campaign, to promote communication between local art students and international graffiti artists, and more. Ms. Christina Hau, General Manager (Operations) of Wharf China Estates Limited said: “The completion of 'LOVE.FOUND.' is a new, successful milestone for Chongqing IFS in its ongoing mission to bring international artistic creations to the local market, and is a manifestation of the artistic dialogue between Chongqing and the world."

Because of Chongqing's mountainous terrain, Chongqing IFS’s "box design" has incorporated local characteristics; its light and elegant features reveal a simple and modern style. The completion of "LOVE.FOUND." not only makes the IFS space more lively, but also enriches the shopping experience for consumers and makes Chongqing IFS the not-to-be-missed fashion and trend landmark of the city

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