- Exhibition Dates: From now until further notice
- Time：24 hours
- Location: Grande Praça, MGM MACAU
On the joyous year of both the 72th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 22th anniversary of the establishment of Macao SAR Government, MGM brings back the very first piece of our installation art Valkyrie Octopus from afar, sharing the joy of art appreciation with our guests and the Macau society at this festive commemoration. The installation art Valkyrie Octopus was created by renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos commissioned especially for MGM Macau in 2015. The Valkyrie series, are previously created for spaces such as the legendary Château Versailles, the Palazzo Grassi in Venice etc. The Valkyrie Octopus here at MGM is the artist’s largest piece of her Valkyrie series to date.
Embodying auspicious and fortunate wishes at festive occasions is a tradition for both the oriental and the western cultures. Travelled along the 21st century Maritime Silk Road through countries such as Italy, Spain and Portugal, Valkyrie Octopus is coming home to MGM MACAU and she explored auspicious essences from all over the world and brings back multiple best wishes from different cultures.
The Chinese title of the work, Animated Dragon with Eight Faces, incorporates the blessing of affluence as the Chinese number of eight is a homonym as “wealthy”. Valkyrie Octopus metamorphose into a brilliant artistic manifestation of fortune as a splendid blossoming wishing tree lit up by more than 1,000 LED lights, carrying the wishes of guests.
Traditionally, the Chinese dragon is a symbol for fortune, epitomizing luck, good health, a rewarding career, and successful advancements. Partly modeled on the mystical creature, Valkyrie Octopus is covered by triangular-shaped fabric that resembles dragon scales. Below, a “canopy of glitters” with luxurious gold and silver colors radiates celestial extravagance, as if it was a windfall from heaven. Following the Chinese tradition of patching pieces of fabric from hundreds of families, gathering good wishes, Valkyrie Octopus patches more than 4,000m of fabric with various colors and patterns as a prayer for comfort and bliss for our guests.
Fabrics in Valkyrie Octopus are decorated with the traditional embroidery technique of Nisa from Portugal, a craft that is passed down through generations of brides-to-be to fund their new families, hence a symbol of love in full blossom and perfect happiness. The upper part of the work was inspired by the costume of the French Can-can dance, manifesting festivity and vitality of the New Year. On the ground, three Tetris of different structures created with contemporary Portuguese Azulejo (painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework) craftsmanship showcase the intricate art of Arabesque patterns, which in traditional Chinese art and craft symbolize wishes of health and longevity. Visitors are welcomed to sit on the Tetris and explore hidden lucky symbols.
There are a thousand ways to appreciate an artwork: These includes but not limited to fortune, family wellbeing, love, health and career - Valkyrie Octopus embraces well wishes for all aspects of life, radiating luck and fortune to every corner in MGM Macau.