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  • NeochaEDGE x ANDAZ, “SHANGHAI DOODLES,” a larger-than-life crumbled paper ball sculpture

    Over the past six months, we’ve been creating a variety of art content for our Hyatt-brand ANDAZ hotel client. These projects have included furniture design, sculpture, photography, film / video shorts, installations, on-going exhibitions, etc. For the latest installment of this work series, we went larger-than-life with a crumbled paper ball sculpture that doubles as an artist’s canvas. The inspiration for the shape of this sculpture came from the crumbled paper balls found on the floors of artist studios around the world. For this project, we wanted to celebrate these unfinished doodles, not as inevitable byproducts of the creative process and disregarded drafts, but rather as artwork in and of themselves. Imagine how much beautiful work never sees the light of day, lost forever in the creators’ pursuit of perfection.

    The sculpture stands 1.6m tall with a width of 1.5m, and was designed to be a rotating canvas for local EDGE Creative Collective members. Every 3 months or so, we will be inviting a new artist to do a treatment on the piece.

    For the first treatment, we worked with Shanghai-based EDGE Creative Collective member Xiao Longhua. As a local Shanghainese artist, the elements in Longhua’s illustration reflect the city’s personality and heritage: flying xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), the Chinese characters “上海弄堂“ (meaning “Shanghai alleys,” the traditional narrow streets that make up local neighborhoods), ‘old school’ public buses with “Shanghai (上海)” blazoned across the grill , the Parasol (梧桐树) trees found throughout the French concession, architecture along the city’s famed Huaihai Rd., a classic pedicab / rickshaw, etc. For the sculpture’s colorway, Longhua chose red, yellow, brown to reflect the fall season, when the piece was originally created, hence the bare tree and falling leaves.

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