Rising Moon 

Rising Moon is a temporary pavilion designed to serve as an anchor attraction during the 2013 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival. It re-interpret traditional paper lanterns with recycled plastic bottles on the same time creating a Synthetic Moon, thus promoting the message of environmental protection. Rising Moon offered strong visual impact with sound and lighting effects externally and internally. The design received the Gold Award at the Lantern Wonderland Design Competition in May 2013.

DESIGN CONCEPT: For over hundreds of years, it is the Chinese’s tradition to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, to be gathered under the full moon once a year with family and friends, a symbol of Reunion. With such tradition and folklore, the Moon has always been the main focus during Mid-Autumn Festival as it become brighter, bigger in size and a perfect circle during the Full Moon Phase. Our concept is to bring the distanced Moon closer to the surface of Victoria Park, which gives the visitors a dynamic visual impact, a Synthetic Moon.

In recent years, our society becomes more aware of the term Sustainability, on different aspects of our living environment such as foods, shelters and transportations. As a temporary pavilion, we proposed using sustainable materials which is recyclable after deconstruction or even using recycle material for construction directly, to promote Hong Kong as a sustainable city.

Each year, there are thousands of polycarbonate water bottles distributed and the amount of consumption is still increasing. The polycarbonate water bottles will be recollected by distributer for reuse after distillation. This sparks our concept on our proposal for this year’s Lantern Wonderland 2013, to achieve a sustainable design. We proposed to reuse the 5 gallons polycarbonate water bottles as a representation of the traditional Chinese Paper Lanterns.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Rising Moon is a hemispheric art installation made from recycled plastic bottles and LEDs lights-up the Hong Kong cityscape. An illuminating geodesic dome created for the Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland 2013 in Victoria Park in Hong Kong. Total 4,800 five-gallon polycarbonate water bottles were acting as individual beacons, referencing the cavernous shape of traditional Chinese Paper Lanterns. These plastic bottles contains LED torches that are attached to the pre-fabricated triangular modules and are assembled as a pavilion on-site, whose interior is fitted with a sea of 2,300 bottles hanging in an undulating formation from the ceiling. There is also an opening at the crown of the 20-meter-diameter sphere allows moonlight to pass inside, lighting up both in the internal space as well as the reflective pool of water it sits on. The position of the floating sculpture manifests refractions of changing lunar phases on the surface of the water.

Following its deconstruction, the temporary space will be completely recycled, promoting Hong Kong as a sustainable city.

PROJECT DETAIL: Rising Moon is hemisphere structure measuring 10 meters in height and 20 meters in diameter, sitting on top of reflective pool in order to complete a Full Moon with the reflection from water. Rising Moon is erected with 150mm CHS steel frames, and constructed base on Level 3 Geodesic calculations. The facade consists of 148 prefabricated triangular steel components, each crossed with cable wires forming a cable net. Polycarbonate water bottles tied with LED light bulbs are secured onto the cable net to complete one triangular component. These 148 triangular steel components have total 13 different orders, and each has a designated location on the geodesic structure. Three heavy cranes were operated to assemble 148 triangular components, after tests were ran by lighting technicians.

The location of every LED in the five-gallon polycarbonate water bottles was mapped through DFX programming by lighting technician, thus lighting effects and animation can be displayed. The position of the opening at the crown of the hemisphere was also calculated carefully base on the path of the Moon during the Mid-Autumn Festival by astronomy applications, in order allows moonlight to pass inside.

CHALLENGE: The construction period of Rising Moon was between 02 September 2013 and 13 September 2013, 12 days. In order to deliver the Rising Moon within a short period of time, we standardize the design with triangular modules through complex geodesic calculations. 148 steel triangular modules were simplified into 6 types of different module. Prefabrication of triangular modules and inserting LED components into water bottles were the vital part of the construction of Rising Moon.

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