PHOTOS: Knitted Sculptures, Tape Art at Shenzhen's New Design Center

By Bailey Hu, December 5, 2017

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How do you turn a space into a place? At a conference celebrating Shenzhen's brand-new design center this past Saturday, the topic seemed all too relevant.

The Sea World Culture and Arts Center boasts world-class credentials: in a unique partnership, London's Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) is lending both objects and expertise for its galleries. The four-story complex is also slated to hold other attractions, such as public event spaces and the first-ever Shekou Museum of Reform and Opening (opens December 26).

On opening day, with several spots still being renovated, it seemed too soon to tell whether the center will live up to its hype: i.e., becoming a lively community hub – a place – rather than just a space.

Still, there were still plenty of things to see and do over the weekend. Visitors took part in free opening events, such as a collaborative art project made of masking tape.

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They also lined up to enter two main galleries, Values of Design and Minding the Digital. An entrance fee of RMB80 gave access to thoughtfully curated objects from the V&A as well as a series of interactive, futuristic pieces.

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See more pictures of the center's opening day, including knitted sculptures and musical artworks, below.

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Exhibits open daily 10am-9pm. See listing for the Sea World Culture and Arts Center.

[Images by Bailey Hu]

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