OH Bay Art Project originated in 2020. By implanting public art into and holding public events in the OH Bay, Shangqi Art intends to connect the city with the public through art and create a multi-purpose public urban space for dynamic interactions. As one of the exhibitors of this Art Project, Atelier Bow-Wow designed the "Water Light Reflection Club" based on the site environment of the coastal.
The Coastal Cultural Park where the OH Bay Art Project is located is an open urban park, a new public space that creates urban experience and memory. The art project is themed on the concept of "boundary" in response to its location where the ocean and the land, and the city and nature meet. Art works featuring the elements of "boundary" are displayed throughout the venue. While exploring the art project also reflects on the relationship among human, science and technology, ecology and urban space, so as to build an entrance to multiple future worlds.
OH BAY is located on the 45-kilometer coastline in the west of Shenzhen, intersection of Bao’an Central District and Qianhai District, and the core area of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. In this project, since the park is next to water, it’s not like Chinese gardens. It’s vast water and more furnished with hard and strict furniture and handrails at the edge. But we can still feel the behavior of light, wind and water at the edge of land and where the land meets the water.
Water Light Refection Club is located on the waterfront in OH Bay of Shenzhen and it is a new generation of a music pavilion. The idea derives from the Wind and Rain Pavilion at the West Lake in Hangzhou, where we observed many people gathering there close to the water, in order to play music and practice their instruments. Our Pavilion is designed to host this activity of performing music and offers a relaxing seating area for everyone to enjoy the view. Through this pavilion, the wind, the Sun and the water are always performing, even when no one is present.
What is "Water Light Reflection Club"? It is a structure which captures the reflection of light of the water surface on the ceiling, and then celebrates the behavior of light, wind and water, and together with people. We are inspired by the commonality of the Chinese people, who are very good at appropriating the boundary between water and land. I have visited several times different Chinese gardens and also some lakes, and every time I found kind of pavilion or kind of corridor. It runs just next to the water, integrating bench in its both rails. It’s totally inviting people to sit just next to the water, enjoying the wind and the light refection and sound of the music, the blowing surface of the water, and people start singing and playing music together.
Our structure is very simple. Cantilevered roof overhung above the water, go out from the boundary of the land site, and then catch the reflection of the light on the water surface. The ceiling is constantly changing its light condition. While sitting and watching the refection on the ceiling, people of course feel wind and also sound of the water. Sometimes people start singing and playing music, probably. We appreciate a lot, this kind of sensibility.
So this is our proposal for Chinese people. This is not something stranger for Chinese people, because it is part of the commonality or common sense of Chinese citizens. Enjoying the water site, feeling the natural elements, behaving together with people.