This collection features a family of brightly-coloured characters, including the lead character Little Cloud who is transformed into a huge inflatable sculpture and greet the public in Art Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District, and other characters including Rainbow Worm, Jelly, Hug Bug, and Peanut Butter.
The group hops around Hong Kong while sharing their friendship and love and connecting with people from every walk of life. We sincerely hope to bring positive and hopeful vibes to everyone as they spread the vision of Happy World.”
At the same time, the Hong Kong Space Museum displays the iconic smiley face of the FriendsWithYou characters on its exterior wall, radiating positive energy and optimism to passers-by.
Through a series of online flash mob videos, AR interactive experiences, and gigantic art installations, the happy characters are taking international audiences on a virtual journey across Hong Kong and its world-class attractions, highlighting the incredible diversity of artistic elements in West Kowloon and encouraging people to explore Hong Kong from an artistic and cultural perspective.
The HKTB has followed their footsteps and recorded their adventures in a collection of fun-packed videos which have been uploaded to the campaign website (https://arts.westkowloon.discoverhongkong.com) – giving people who are unable to visit Hong Kong for the time being the chance to share the excitement of its world-class attractions.
FriendsWithYou is an art collaboration created in 2002 by Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III with the aim of bringing more joy, kindness, and love to the world. The project is a vehicle for the exploration of emotional healing through culture creation and art. Each work is created with the intention of transcendence, nurturing care for its viewers or participants.