Arriving on a Cathay Pacific flight this week, French artist Paulo Grangeon’s 1,600 papier-mâché pandas are hitting key Hong Kong landmarks for the 1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation. In 2008, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Grangeon launched the 1600 Paper Pandas Exhibition to raise conservation awareness of the estimated 1,600 remaining pandas in the world. Grangeon has created four styles of panda especially for Hong Kong, in addition to the six existing types that have toured France, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Germany.
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So far in Hong Kong, the pandas have made their appearance at the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, on the beach of Ma Wan, Sha Tin Racecourse and met up with Hong Kong celebrities such as Carina Lau Ka-ling, Chrissie Chau, Anthony Wong and Sammi Cheng.
The pandas will make their final Hong Kong stop at creative hub PMQ in Central on 25 June, where fans can make their own panda at a “Made-in-Hong Kong” Papier-Mâché Panda Workshop, or purchase panda-inspired memorabilia by PMQ’s design tenants.
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Grangeon’s pandas can also be adopted after the exhibition. For more details, visit the “1600 Paper Mache Pandas Adoption Scheme” webpage from June 25 at 1600pandashk.com/en/adoption/
Proceeds from the adoption scheme and designer memorabilia will be donated to WWF-Hong Kong for conservation and education purposes.