GUCCI’s thought-provoking art exhibition in Shanghai is an inspiring curated walk-through on the principles of originality and copy. Where copying and imitation are prevalent and frequently frowned upon in today’s society, the exhibition questions its unique ability to inspire and its power to preserve the originals. With the exhibition well under way at the Yuz Museum, our Editor Azza Arif took the opportunity to have a chat with LEGO artist Andy Hung Chi-Kin, the 13th LEGO Certified Professional (LCP) in the world and also the first LCP in Greater China.
Andy’s creations are known for reflecting many local cultures, ranging from large-scale iconic architectural designs to sculptures and mosaics. Some of his notable creations include a diorama of Beijing’s Forbidden City and Macau’s Studio City and a large scale LEGO replica of Dream Cruises that measured 8.44 metres in length and utilised more than 2.5 million bricks. For GUCCI’s exhibition in Shanghai titled ‘The Artist is Present’, Andy Hung recreated the iconic Sylvie handbag with LEGO bricks.
What was your initial reaction when approached by Gucci to recreate the brand’s Sylvie handbag using LEGO pieces?
I got an email from GUCCI about six months ago inviting me to take part in the exhibition and I was so surprised and excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with such a worldwide iconic fashion brand such as GUCCI. They asked me to reproduce the GUCCI Sylvie Bag using LEGO bricks, in a scale of 1:1.
Tell us more about being a LEGO(R) Certified Professional.
LEGO® Certified Professionals is a community-based program made up of adult LEGO hobbyists who have turned their passion for building and creating into a profession. We are not LEGO employees, but the LEGO Group officially recognizes us as trusted business partners – we can develop our own LEGO models, mosaic or exhibitions, and also collaborate with exclusive clients or brands.
I loved the accuracy and detail of the LEGO Sylvie handbag you created! How long did it take you to study GUCCI’s Sylvie handbag in order to replicate the texture and size of the bag?
Thank you! It took me quite a bit of time to research on suitable LEGO parts to build the bag – from using many plates to imitate the leather texture and appropriate colours, to the bare LEGO’s unique Pearl Gold colour bricks; just to realise all the details of the GUCCI Sylvie bag. For the overall appearance, I kept the LEGO studs on the surface to enhance the feel of the LEGO texture on the bag.
How do you feel about your work being featured in the fashion world?
I love it! It is very inspiring to crossover with different industries; this is my first time collaborating with a worldwide fashion brand like GUCCI. I learnt a lot from them and it’s great to work with a brand that pays a lot of attention, care and respect to the point of views from the participating artists. Also, I’m very glad I had the chance to meet so many talented people and creators at this exhibition.
What did you know about Gucci, before embarking on this project?
I grew up with GUCCI! Hahaha! My mom had plenty of GUCCI handbags, so it has always been familiar to me. Besides, even if I don’t really follow fashion, I was very much attracted by GUCCI’s innovative take on their designs. Every piece of their clothing is just like a piece of art, meticulously crafted with care, quality and creativity behind every piece. By abiding to these set of principles, I feel that GUCCI in their own unique way, brings art into many people’s daily life and I really appreciate GUCCI for doing so.