Mindseye were delighted to be chosen to provide the lighting design for the recently unveiled monumental sculptures commissioned by HSBC to mark its 150th anniversary.
The cast-bronze sculptures each represent a single grain of rice and stand proud at the head offices of the bank in its home markets of Hong Kong and London.
HSBC engaged the Cass Sculpture Foundation to help with the commemorative installation. The foundation is a UK charity which commissions large artworks. Cass asked a number of artists from the UK and China to provide design proposals and HSBC selected a Grain of Rice, proposed by Based Upon, who have been creating art and design for private customers since 2005.
The enormous form of the sculptures’ represent a solitary grain of rice; an example of an internationally-traded commodity. The exterior skin of each sculpture consists of 150 engraved images creating a narrative tapestry of HSBC’s 150 year history . The interior of each sculpture is hollow, with polished bronze lining which catches, absorbs and reflects the light.