More Than A Bright Idea

Royal Academician Sir Michael Craig-Martin reveals his latest masterpiece at The Peninsula Hong Kong

Published: 11 April 2017, Text by: Richard Augustin

One of the most prominent figures of British conceptual art is once again challenging the public’s perception of everyday objects with his latest masterpiece. Art fans can take a gander at Sir Michael Craig-Martin’s most recent installation, Bright Idea, 2017, which is on display in Hong Kong until May 31st 2017.

Craig-Martin, born in Dublin and with a degree in Fine Art at Yale University, is both a hugely influential artist and an esteemed teacher at Goldsmiths College. He is known for thought-provoking artworks questioning our perception of everyday objects and triggering wider semantic associations, which are exemplified in his latest installation, named Bright Idea, 2016.

The art piece is a powder-coated steel sculpture of a four meter tall radiant yellow lightbulb, which will appear to emerge from the Fountain in the Peninsula Hong Kong’s forecourt. The artist is also known to for works such as An Oak Tree (1973), exhibited as an artist’s copy at London’s Tate Gallery, and his more recent works include paintings, printmaking, installations projections and drawings of common place objects.

Craig-Martin’s installation has been commissioned by Love Art, a partnership between the British Royal Academy of Arts and The Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel. The initiative hinges on the showing of works of art never publicly exhibited in Asia before.

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