Conclusion of Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Influential Hong Kong artist, Danny Yung of Zuni Icosahedron, and his work at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Hong Kong made its mark at the recently concluded Smithsonian Folklife Festival thanks to the inclusion of a massive decorative bamboo flower plaque, or fa paai (花牌).

Measuring 112-feet wide and 34-feet tall, the flower plaque was one of the largest structures ever built for a Folklife Festival.  It comprised more than 2,000 bamboo poles and wooden logs, as well as dozens of colorfully decorated panels.

Hong Kong artist Danny Yung of Zuni Icosahedron

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage commissioned the flower plaque for this year's festival as part of its focus on China under the theme "Tradition and the Art of Living."

The plaque was designed by Hong Kong artist Danny Yung of Zuni Icosahedron and built by craftsmen from the Wing Kei Flower Store Ltd, in collaboration with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Information Services Department.

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