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Inflatable FriendsWithYou installation takes over the West Kowloon Cultural District!

By Annette Chan 24 September 2021

Header image courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board

Missing the bright lights and cute displays of Mid-Autumn Festival? We have some welcome news for you—international pop art duo FriendsWithYou has teamed up with the Hong Kong Tourism Board to create a large-scale inflatable installation of its famous cartoon characters at the West Kowloon Cultural District.

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A total of 12 inflatable characters from FriendsWithYou’s “Happy World” collection are now stationed across WKCD’s Art Park as part of the exhibition. Many of the most popular  FWY characters are present, including Little Cloud and a Rainbow—which we are told are 15 by 10 metres and “larger than a minibus,” respectively—as well as two new characters, Jelly and Rainbow Worm. You can even heighten your photos and videos by interacting with animated icons as part of an AR experience at the park!

During the exhibition period, HKTB will release “online flash mob videos” of the beloved characters visiting some of Hong Kong’s most famous landmarks—such as the WKCD, the Sky Corridor, and the Avenue of Stars—while interacting with the local landscape. The intrepid characters will also ride trams, hop on the Star Ferry, and haggle with Yau Ma Tei fruit market vendors.

The adorableness doesn’t stop there—to get the full experience, hop over to the Hong Kong Space Museum, whose iconic white dome building is currently sporting the signature FWY smile. (We propose the name Golfy for this new fella.)

Created in 2002, FriendsWithYou is an art collaboration by artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, which aims to “bring more joy, kindness, and love to the world through culture creation and art.”

Artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III.

The exhibition is free to attend, though it will undoubtedly get busy—to plan your visit, pop over to the exhibition’s official website to see just how crowded it is at any given point. Until 14 October at Art Park (WKCD) and the Hong Kong Space Museum.

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Annette Chan

Senior editor

Annette is an editor and copywriter with a lifetime of experience in hunting out the most interesting, odd, and delightful things about her beloved home city. Having written extensively about everything from food and culture to fashion, music, and hospitality, she considers her speciality to be Hong Kong itself. In her free time, you can find Annette trying out new dumpling recipes or playing Big Two at her favourite local bars with a cocktail in hand.