UAP Artworks welcome visitors to Shanghai World Expo 2010

14 July, 2010


Celebrate, UAP Studio / Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Photographer Daniel Shih

PROJECT Shanghai World Expo 2010
CLIENT Shanghai Expo Bureau
LOCATION Shanghai, China
ARTISTS UAP Studio, Matthew Tobin, Jamie Perrow
ARCHITECT Xian Dai Architects
DURATION 1 May – 31 October, 2010

Large-scale public artworks designed by UAP Studio are welcoming the 500,000 daily visitors into Shanghai’s World Expo.

UAP was selected from over 100 international tenders to design the exuberant, inspiring and playful artworks which include fireworks, giant toys and straw-hat inspired sculptures. The iconic artworks, which mark each of the eight main gates, provide a memorable and momentous arrival experience to the Expo and function practically as landmarks or meeting points during the Expo visit.

Visitors are attracted to the artworks and often spend time exploring, playing and having pictures taken. Through this interaction, people build personal connections with the artworks and experience memorable moments that will last long after the final visit.

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.

Led by Matthew Tobin and Jamie Perrow, UAP’s in house design team developed the concepts for the semi-permanent artworks and oversaw their fabrication through an international network of skilled fabricators.


Weave, UAP Studio / Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Photographer Daniel Shih


Connect, UAP Studio / Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Photographer Roger D’Souza


Float (L) and Playtime (R), UAP Studio / Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Photographer Roger D’Souza

 
Celebrate(L) and Weave (R), UAP Studio / Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Photographer Roger D’Souza


Unite, UAP Studio / Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Photographer Roger D’Souza


Playtime (L) & Unite (R), UAP Studio / Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Artist’s impression


Float (L) & Fortune (R), UAP Studio / Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Artist’s impression


Connect (L) & Celebrate (R), UAP Studio / Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Artist’s impression

One Response to “UAP Artworks welcome visitors to Shanghai World Expo 2010”

  1. Owen Langdale said

    Read today of your win last night – congratulations. Back a fortnight from Expo and didn’t realise that your creations were from Brisbane – saw most of them over 3 days – too busy and hot for me, so the queuing for 2-4 hours was not for me, enjoyed the lighting and architecture as well as non mainstream busy pavilions. Loved the art work – congratulations again.

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