KAPKAR / DPF-4B | The Sea of Time
2019 Bi-City Biennale of Shenzhen
Dapeng Fortress New District, Shenzhen, China
Shenzhen is a city that was founded only 40 years ago, the area however has been inhabited for hundreds of years. This awareness should be much more part of the cultural identity of this tech metropolis. I therefore consider Dapeng an anchor point in the historical awareness of Shenzhen. The fort village that is just a few steps away from the sea forms an interesting contrast with the surrounding leisure environment of the seaside resort and the urban typology around it.
KAPKAR / DPF-4B is a sculpture that has been designed with location specific elements from Dapeng Fortress as the starting point. It uses the reinterpretation of local building elements. The buttresses of the granary, the stacking of architectural wooden structures in Chinese architecture, and the faint gable roofs that are everywhere present there. These three elements have been brought together in a new futuristic appearance that with its orange color forms a fascinating contrast with the historic environment. Elements from the past have been placed back in the environment in a transformed way and give a completely different perspective on the local building culture.
Visitors may use the sculpture as a seating element. In the evening the object gives a soft mysterious light as a beacon in the darkness.
L x W x H: 3.03×5.72×2.5m
The Sea of Time
December 25, 2019 - March 29, 2020
Dapeng Fortress, Shenzehn, China
Curator of the Dapeng Sub-Venue of the 8th UABB: Yang Yong
Executive team: Shangqi Art
Technical Drawings: Denis Bacal, The Hague
The Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2019 is the only biennial exhibition in the world based exclusively on urbanism and urbanization. The 8th edition of the Biennale will launch in Shenzhen on 25 December 2019, with the theme “Urban Interactions”.
The exhibition at the Futian Railway Station has set up eight sub-venues in other districts of the city to interconnect with the Futian Railway, completing an organically interactive network throughout the city: the districts of Yantian, Bao an, Longgang, Longhua, Guangming, Dapeng New District and Qianhai Free Trade Zone.
Dapeng new district Sub-venue is located in Dapeng Fortress. Established in the 27th year of the Hongwu Reign during the Ming Dynasty (1394 A.D.), Dapeng Fortress has a history of more than 600 years. Well preserved to this day, it is the historical site of largest area and highest class in Shenzhen. Representatives of well-known architects, planners, artists and designers will be invited to explore into the public and cultural spaces in Dapeng Fortress by using or upgrading the public building and landscape spaces in view of the local culture, thus realize connectivity and interaction.