UAP recognised by AUSTCHAM

10 December, 2009

Connect, one of a series of large scale artworks designed by UAP Studio for the entryways of Shanghai World Expo 2010

Fabrication is now underway for artworks that will mark the 8 entry points of Shanghai’s World Expo 2010. UAP was recently recognised by the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce; nominated as finalists in not only the Entrepreneurial but also the Innovation category of the 2009 AUSTCHAM Australia-China Business Awards. The judges were particularly impressed with UAP’s understanding of local culture and history, and the way that this is infused into the Studio’s artwork concepts. UAP is currently working on projects in Nanjing, Wuhan, Wuxi, Kunshan, Ningbo Chengdu, Suzhou and Shanghai.


UAP was selected from over 100 international tenders to design major sculptures for the eight main entrance areas of Shanghai World Expo 2010. Led by Matthew Tobin and Jamie Perrow, UAP’s in house design team has developed exuberant, inspiring and often playful concepts for these semi-permanent artworks.

Connect (pictured) is inspired by an east Asian belief, originating from Chinese legend, in which it is believed the Gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates: “an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break”

Connect, located at one entrance of the site, will be used by thousands of people every day as a place to meet, to reconnect if lost and to keep the ties of family and friends strong.

One Response to “UAP recognised by AUSTCHAM”

  1. […] Both the local Chinese and international audiences of the Expo were considered during an intensive research and curatorial phase at the beginning of the project. The curatorial approach drew together a series of sub-themes that respond to aspects of the Expos’ overarching “Better City, Better Life” theme. For example, “Cultural City, Cultural Life”, reflecting China’s rich cultural tradition, gave rise to concepts such as celebratory fireworks (Celebrate, pictured above) and customary knotting forms (Weave, pictured below); while “Connected City, Connected Life” inspired Connect, based on a Chinese legend. […]

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