The Buffoon + the Boatman

PUG's proposal for the open call Lujiazui Harbour City project is a development of our Peculiarity of Place series, an ongoing project that uses public art to interrogate and explore the specific characteristics of certain places.

In this proposal we intend to engage with Lujiazui through anthropomorphic, architectural street characters positioned at the entrance of the new mall.

The characters take the form of ventilation terminals, replacing the current pedestrian un-friendly vents. They will emit a surreal pink puff, a benign version of the black soot of factories, and a visceral image of 21st Century air pollution issues.