The Palimpsest:in remembranceof Sun Chan

陳伸登仙

YIP Alvin, ITO Irene

The Palimpsest is inspired by a supernatural dialogue between the late artist Sun Chan and his younger friends. its geometrical pattern embeds the Chinese character仙 (Immortal), representing the invisible ties between亻 (man) and山 (mountain / destiny). Over 180 days in Venice, four rolls of canvas will be drip-painted by “Sun in the sky”.

 

The Palimpsest is also an architectural model functions as a monumental obituary, a tower for funeral ceremony, and a lighthouse for sea burial (scattering of cremated ashes). Its superstructure raised 180m above sea level, located in the middle of South China Sea, 60km (1 hour) south-east of Hong Kong.

 

The Palimpsest is a permanent and elegant solution to accommodate ashes, commemorate souls, and storytell lives of the great citizens of Hong Kong. 46,900 of us passed away last year, increasing steadily. The city and its government have found no solution on land for more columbaria or cemeteries.

The Palimpsest啟發自已故藝術家陳伸和他的年輕友人之間的超自然對話。其形態蘊含陳伸五彩繽紛,象徵着亻(人)和山(命運)那無形聯繫的「仙」字漢字圖騰,在展出的180天中,在威尼斯的陽光和雨絲下,色彩滴灑於四卷的畫布上,為作品接續另一階段的生命。

 

The Palimpsest亦是一座先人紀念塔的建築模型。一座供葬禮儀式的塔樓,一座用於海葬撒放骨灰的燈塔。高塔擬建成海拔180m高,於距香港東南部60公里(約1小時)的南中國海當中。

 

香港年均逝世人數去年有46,900人,且每年穩步增長,但這座城市及其政府卻就增加墓地及骨灰龕的用地而束手無策。The Palimpsest 作為一個永久和優雅的解決方案,以處理骨灰,悼念亡魂,訴述香港先人的故事。

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