Collaborative Design for Charity | 為慈善共創設計
The 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake has been a huge disaster in human history and it was as well an unprecedented catastrophe for the giant pandas living in the wild. After the earthquake, a group of young artists volunteered to go to Wolong for rescue work. They encountered many pandas that had escaped the disaster. They were hungry because their natural habitat was devastated after the earthquake. One of the pandas lying on the ground seemed to be injured, but it still stayed strong. It stood up and tried to stretch the claws to reach the bamboos outside the fence. This scene has been permanently fixed in the minds of these artists and since become the inspiration of HeArt Panda.
In its ten-year establishment, HeArt Panda started in its hometown Chengdu, and has since developed into a global icon for charity, spreading the Chinese spirit of ‘strength, bravery, love and tolerance’ along the way. HeArt Panda collaborates with different organisations with its iconic panda figurines, often inviting artists or renowned individuals to create customised versions, which are then auctioned for charity causes. Through「DesignXcel」, HeArt Panda offered its 8-inch version figurine as a platform for collaboration.
In this collaboration, design freshmasonry Bonnie Chan covered her HeArt Panda in stone-like texture as if it is a sculpture carved from stone. She wants to raise awareness of the on-going mass extinction event of Earth’s biosphere, and if humans are not acting towards this issue, all that is left will be just sculptures and memories of our magnificent biodiversity.
十年流轉，HeArt Panda從它的家鄉成都出發，後來成為一個全球知名的慈善企業，宣揚「堅強、勇敢、友愛、包容」的中國精神。HeArt Panda利用其標誌性的熊貓像與不同的機構合作，經常邀請藝術家或知名人士創作定制的版本，然後將作品拍賣以作慈善用途。通過《設計列陣》，HeArt Panda善用其8吋高的熊貓像作為合作平台。
Chan Chak Yee, Bonnie 陳澤宜
Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong 香港高等教育科技學院