The Power of Art in a Public Place

The Power of Art in a Public Place

藝術在公共場所的力量

弗洛倫泰因·霍夫曼創作的26米高大黃鴨在全世界都相當有影響力。這是世界上最大的橡皮鴨,也是展示这位荷蘭藝術家創造力的一個好例子。引人注目的大黃鴨周遊過全球不同城市,從奧克蘭,聖保羅到香港和大阪。而最新的消息指出它可能會在四月份左右來澳門。在繁忙的日程中,這位藝術家抽空回答了本雜誌Magazine & More的問題,當中談到了他的藝術影響,未來的計劃和面臨的挑戰。

Florentijn Hofman created quite an impact in this side of the planet with his 26-metre-high yellow rubber duck, the largest in the world and a great example of the creativity from the Dutch artist. The impressive rubber duck travelled the world in many different cities from Auckland and São Paulo to Hong Kong and Osaka, among others, and the latest rumours point that it may travel to Macau around April. During his busy schedule the artist was able to take some time to answer Magazine & More’s questions, talking about his influences, projects and challenges for the future.

M&M: 你對藝術的熱情是什麼時候開始的?

弗洛倫泰因·霍夫曼:我從小就想成為一名藝術家,創作圖畫,這一直貫穿于我的青春期,直到最後我進入藝術學院。

M&M: When did your passion for this kind of art started?

Florentijn Hofman: Since I was little I wanted to become an artist, creating images, and this kept on going through my puberty and eventually evolved into joining the art college.

▲Florentijn Hofman (Photo Steve Stills)

M&M: 作為一名藝術家,你的主要影響有哪些?

弗洛倫泰因·霍夫曼:自然藝術品,以及應用外層新材料。從乾草到木頭,從混泥土到面料,或者從人字拖鞋到塑料袋等。

M&M: What are your major influences as an artist?

Florentijn Hofman: Found objects, new material for skin, from hay to wood, from concrete to fabric, or flip-flops to plastic bags.

M&M: 你會如何形容你的藝術作品?

弗洛倫泰因·霍夫曼:在特定的位置,有智能和簡單融合的概念和設計,取材常來源於自然藝術品,像玩具和陶瓷,並轉換為其它維度和其他的外層材料。

M&M: In what way would you describe your art projects?

Florentijn Hofman: Site specific, smart and simple concepts and designs, often orientated from found objects, like toys and ceramics, that are transformed into other dimensions and with other skin.

M&M: 你現在正在做什麼項目?

弗洛倫泰因·霍夫曼:我們正在做一些保密的項目,當它們準備好後就會向外界公佈。

M&M: What projects are you working on now?

Florentijn Hofman: We are working on several secret projects, they will get unveiled as they are ready.

M&M: 你有什麼特殊的項目是很想去想做的?

弗洛倫泰因·霍夫曼:我想在大中華區做更大的項目,向大众展示公共空間藝術。

M&M: Do you have some special project that you would like to do?

Florentijn Hofman: I would love to do more big projects in Greater China, showing people art in public spaces.

M&M: 大黃鴨得到世界各地的關注。在做這個項目的時候,遇到的最大挑戰是什麼呢?

弗洛倫泰因·霍夫曼:儘管天氣總是一個重要的因素,實際上沒有什麼技術挑戰。我認為最大的挑戰就是控制擁擠的人群。我想讓每個人都有時間和空間去接觸到這個作品。但是因為它太受歡迎了,在白天幾乎是不可能有這樣的機會。幸運的是,人們會創新地找到方法來得到他們想要的東西。有一些人會呆一整夜來接觸大黃鴨,拍到他們想要的照片。

M&M: The rubber duck got a lot of attention around the world. What were the biggest challenges when doing this project?

Florentijn Hofman: There were not really technical challenges, although weather is always an important factor to handle. I think the biggest challenge was crowd control, I wanted everyone to have time and space to connect with the work. But due to its popularity, that was almost impossible during daytime. Luckily people are creative and found ways of getting what they want from the project, some people stayed all night to obtain connection with the duck and take pictures as they hoped for.

M&M: 你的作品大黃鴨得到什麼樣的反饋呢?

弗洛倫泰因·霍夫曼:除了快樂以外,還很高興看到香港維多利亞港這一段時間成為了大黃鴨的的全球大浴缸。看到了藝術可以改變和分散一個城市的注意力,感受到藝術在公共空間的力量!

M&M: What kind of feedback did you receive about it?

Florentijn Hofman: Nothing but joy, it was great to see Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour change for a while into this global bathtub. See how art can change and distract a city for a moment, the power of art in a public space!

M&M: 在你的藝術作品展出時,有什麼有趣的故事要和我們的讀者分享嗎?

弗洛倫泰因·霍夫曼:在台北的時候,我的月亮兔要展示在一個土地藝術展的開幕會上。當時交通堵塞,我必須離開我們的汽車,然後由騎摩托車的警察載我到開幕現場,不然我就會遲到。作品吸引了大批來自台灣各地和大陸的人們到親臨現場觀賞。我想這就是對公共空間藝術家最大的讚美了。

M&M: Any funny stories that you would like to share with our readers regarding any of the art projects you performed?

Florentijn Hofman: In Taipei, there was such a traffic jam for the opening of the land art show where my Moon rabbit was exposed that I had to get out of our car and taken by a policeman on his motorcycle to bring me to the opening ceremony, which I was otherwise too late for. The popularity of that work was also so big that people from all over Taiwan and China travelled to see it with their own eyes. I think that it’s the best compliment you can have when you are working as an artist in a public space.

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