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16 Jun 2014

1600 panda world tour reaches Hong Kong


French artist Paulo Grangeon, in association with World Wildlife Fund, launched the 1600 panda world tour to highlight the loss of the panda species. 1,600 papier-mache pandas will pop-up at Hong Kong landmarks during June 2014.

In an effort to alert the public to the rapid and tragic loss of the panda species, French artist Paulo Grangeon, together with the WWF, PMQ and creative studio allrightsreserved, continue their world tour of ’1600 pandas’, stopping at 10 Hong Kong landmarks — from Hong Kong international airport to the giant Tian Tan Buddha, in June.

The travelling pack of papier-mâché bears has seen occupation in cities like Paris, Rome, Berlin and Taipei, raising awareness worldwide to the environmental crisis. each recycled paper animal placed in the urban context represents a single member of the species still alive today, a shocking and unfortunate statistic about the nature of the breed — threats from humans have left fewer than 1,600 of the creatures in the wild. 

Read more about the project and see more images on design boom.