1,600 (papier mache) pandas posed on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront
near the Clock Tower and Hong Kong Cultural Centre yesterday
Seen up close, it's obvious that not all
those 1,600 pandas are alike!
This view gives a good sense of the large crowd that
turned up to see the pandas, and also how much space
the pandas took up on the waterfront promenade!
If you haven't heard about it yet: French artist Paulo Grangeon created 1,600 paper mache pandas to highlight the fact that there are only 1,600 or so pandas left in the world. To (further) spread the word, he launched a Pandas on Tour travelling exhibition in 2008 -- and now, some 20 countries later, it's reached Hong Kong.
From June 25 to July 17, the 1,600 pandas will take up residence at the former Police Married Headquarters in Central that's become home to a creative design hub known as PMQ. Before then, the 1,600 pandas will be temporarily installed in the vicinity of a number of Hong Kong landmarks, including, as was the case on Saturday afternoon, the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower.
Although I didn't have a great urge to go see the giant rubber duck up close in Victoria Harbour last year, I was drawn to check out the 1,600 pandas this past weekend. Post seeing them up close as well as in photos, I have to say that I do think that they're very cute indeed -- and even while I'm not sure that seeing them makes me all that more actively interested in working to make sure that pandas don't go extinct, it does make me realize that 1,600 actually isn't that large a number when it's the number of members of an entire species left in the world...