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Atkins has played a key role in launching a visionary project that will transform part of Hong Kong’s skyline and cityscape. The company has provided vital engineering services to Event Horizon, which will see 31 sculptures, designed by leading British sculptor Antony Gormley, erected both at street and building top level, across the central and western districts of the city.

According to Antony Gormley, whose most famous creations include the Angel of the North: “Isolated against the sky in Hong Kong Island Central District where densely spaced and densely occupied towers rise up between mountains and sea, these still and silent bodies look out into space, asking where the human project fits in the scheme of things. This installation questions how the built world relates to an inherited earth, and was originally conceived in the year in which it was first reported that half the planets human population were living in cities”.

Tommy Ng, Atkins' director of design and engineering services in Asia Pacific, said: “Sir Antony’s art installation presents a deep and meaningful question with regards to the relationship between nature, urban environment and the people; while our business focuses on solutions to address the immense needs for a liveable urban environment and the economic and social development to sustain the rapid urbanisation. It is clear we share the same objective of using our own expertise to address the issues of urbanisation – and ultimately protect the wellbeing of people.”

Appointed by British Council in Hong Kong, Atkins’ scope of works consisted of structural engineering and the application for government approvals. Three schemes were designed to suit 31 different locations to ensure the structure soundness for public safety. The project has received support from both city landlords and the Hong Kong government.

Talking about another major challenge, CK Chan, Atkins' director for structure in Asia Pacific, said: “Given the tight project schedule, we worked closely with the government departments to provide detailed submissions and timely responses which helped to facilitate early approval. The process was complete within 2 months, taking one third less than the normal time. Our main objective has been to ensure the artist’s idea is successfully transformed into reality. Understanding local approval requirements, and collaboration with the government bodies, has been instrumental for the success of the project.”

This is not the first time Atkins has played a major role in a pioneering sculpture projects. In 2014 the company engineered the world’s largest equine sculpture. The Kelpies, two 330-ton, 98 foot tall horse heads opened to the public in Falkirk, Scotland, in May of that year.

Since its debut in London in 2007, Event Horizon has been installed in Rotterdam, New York City, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. 



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For more information:

Christina Zhuang
Communications manager, Asia Pacific

christina.zhuang@atkinsglobal.com
Tel: +852 2972 1558 / Fax: +852 2890 6343

For More information about Event Horizon, Sinclair Communications:

Sai Roshini Daswani | sairoshini@sinclairasia.com | (852) 9750 3229
Holly Chan I holly@sinclairasia.com I (852) 6246 7734
           

Notes to editors:

Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 18,000 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects on our website.

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Antony Gormley: Event Horizon | presented in Hong Kong by the British Council | Photography by Oak Taylor-Smith
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Antony Gormley: Event Horizon | presented in Hong Kong by the British Council | Photography by Oak Taylor-Smith
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Antony Gormley: Event Horizon | presented in Hong Kong by the British Council | Photography by Oak Taylor-Smith
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Antony Gormley: Event Horizon | presented in Hong Kong by the British Council | Photography by Oak Taylor-Smith
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Antony Gormley: Event Horizon | presented in Hong Kong by the British Council | Photography by Oak Taylor-Smith
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