Opening: Sat 19 May 2018, 8 am
Exhibition: 19 – 31 May
05 Oct 2018
Mam Xoi Hill, Pu Nhu Village, La Pan Tan Commune, Mu Cang Trai District, Yen Bai Province
From the organizer:
Landscape art exhibition “Crystal Cloud – La Pan Tan 2018” will take place at Mam Xoi Hill in La Pan Tan commune, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province from May 19 (growing season)
to Oct 10 (harvest season).
After completing the CAO PERROT Crystal Cloud installation at Swarovski Crystal World in Austria, artists Andy Cao & Xavier Perrot dreamed of introducing the first “Traveling Cloud” in Vietnam. Their dream came true thanks to a chance encounter with Vietnamese architect Pham Duong and the Architects Association of Yen Bai Province. This fateful meeting led to a visit to Doi Mam Xoi, a high plateau in the “valley of a thousand steps” in La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chai, one of the most photographed sites in Northern Highland Vietnam.
Standing on Doi Mam Xoi, surrounded by layer upon layer of rice terraces, and after observing the Hmong farmers tending the fields, Cao & Perrot had a vision that this beautiful site could be the ideal location for their first temporary crystal cloud installation in Vietnam. They also knew that creating such an ephemeral new artwork should be a close collaboration with the local Hmong community, highlighting the beauty of things handmade, and continuing the Hmong’s long tradition of sculpting the land.
The Crystal Cloud is made with hand-sculpted galvanized wire mesh, and adorned with 58,000 brilliant Swarovski Crystals. The cloud formation is supported by a series of randomly-placed galvanized steel posts resembling a shimmering crystal forest.
To all, we offer our most sincere gratitude for championing the spirit of art making, and opening a new dialogue for creating art in public spaces.
About the artists:
Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot are well-known landscape artists in the world. Together they co-found the Cao Perrot Studio with offices in Los Angeles (USA) and Paris (France). A few years back, when Thames & Hudson – a grand publisher in the UK – published the book “60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future”, Cao & Perrot were featured.
Andy Cao is the first Vietnamese-American to receive prestigious awards in the field including the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Rome Prize Fellowship by American Academy in Rome.
Xavier Perrot studies Landscape Design at Saint-Ilan in Brittany and at Conservatoire International des Parcs et Jardins et du Paysage in Chaumont-sur-Loire, France. In 2008, Xavier was awarded as one of the Young Architects and Landscape Artists (Lauréats des Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes) by the French Ministry of Culture.
Cao Perrot creates unique artworks from rustic materials, from daily-life scraps such as glasses, ropes, wires,… to create houses or even unique greenhouses, bringing the audience to an amazing landscape where they could forget about the past & future and immense in the present with the mesmerizing effect of drops of light.
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