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 across 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, inviting design freshmasonry Janie to apply her own narrative.
In the collaboration, Janie painted her Panda in blue and decorated it with white clouds all over. Accompanying the panda is a miniature representation of the metropolis made with paper staples. Janie describes the panda as a symbol for a ‘deep blue heaven’, where its overarching presence over the city is similar to a guardian that oversees the collective hope of its citizens. The panda also represents nature and shows the projection of Janie’s wish for the cohabitation of nature and civilisation.
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，邀請了設計新鮮人劉彥慈將自己的敘事加入其中。
Lau Yin Chi, Janie
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 香港理工大學