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The Skywalker appeared in The Opposite House
The Opposite House is thrilled to partner yet again with Melbournebased
artist Lisa Roet and Asialink Arts/ Global Art Projects to present Skywalker, an exciting
installation this March at The Opposite House. Perched high on the façade of the award winning
hotel, Skywalker will be the focal point of a month-long programme of events, discussions and
installations surrounding bio-sustainability kicking off with Beijing Earth Hour, 24 March.
Skywalker will be displayed until 29 April.
Inspired by Lisa’s research of newly discovered animal species, predominantly in China’s Yunnan
Province, that have been exposed due to deforestation and climatic changes to their habitats,
Skywalker explores the themes of community engagement, mainstream environmental debate
and a new epoch of discovery while reflecting some of humanities greatest and most difficult
‘I am really excited to be working again in China with The Opposite House, Asialink Arts , and the
Beijing community, all of whom continue to demonstrate their commitment to the larger global
environmental discussion. This new work represents a shift from Western centric environmental
science to the new Eastern pioneers in the field. Skywalker is a sequel to the famous Golden
Monkey project presented at The Opposite House in 2016.
Beijing is one of the world's hotbeds for urban environmental issues with its commitment to
sustainable energy and environmental health making its location of great relevance and
importance to the project. The placement and collaboration with The Opposite House, one of
Beijing's first environmentally conscious buildings designed by renowned Japanese architect
Kengo Kuma, demonstrates Lisa’s passion for challenging yet relevant high impact public projects
and her ongoing commitment to research and documentation.
To create the power, we are very excited to work with 30 Mobike this time. Volunteers will be
peddling together on Mobike to create electricity which will inflate and light up Skywalker for the
duration of Earth Hour. Mobike, as the world’s first and largest smart bike-sharing company, it
committees to create an environmental friendly place for people to live in. Since its launch in April
2016 in Shanghai, Mobike has expanded its service to over 200 cities globally and will continue to
grow with the aim of making the world a better and clean place.
“We are excited to be hosting yet another ground breaking installation in partnership with Lisa
and Asialink Arts/Global Art Projects,” says Mark Passmore, the General Manager of The Opposite
House. “From the initial discussions that produced Skywalker as the encore to the successful
Golden Monkey we have eagerly supported the efforts being made in China and around the world
to elevate the conversation surround urban development and environmental conversation; we are
proud to serve as the centerpiece in Beijing for such an important movement.”
Skywalker may be viewed from the north façade of The Opposite House from March 18 following
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