Tap Chan
60 x 60 x 11 cm

(text by artist)
This is a philosophical confusion between humans and nature. Complex is made solely in beeswax, a natural material originating from the beehive. A material that is for the bee’s home building now in a form of man made building blocks. In a switch thinking, can human live under the utopian structure like the bees? The square-shaped cells in open lattice cast from moulds similar to those used in Brutalist architecture, they are produced for use in marginal spaces such as walkways, corridors and staircase landings. Mimicking the cells of a beehive, the sculpture provokes thoughts about the liminal space of a habitable area, a residential building and a home.

This sensory texture of beeswax is biosynthesised by honey bees and is inert with high plasticity, the substance is a secretion of mixture with resins, oils, and pollen collected by the bee from surrounding vegetation. It is the oldest wax known to man and are widely used in cosmetics from ancient time to the present. The sensory stimulation of the beeswax delivers a lasting impression of tangible warmth visually and subconsciously.

Complex also refers to a structure made up of interconnected or related structures such as housing estates that we can see everywhere in Hong Kong. The dense buildings are breathtaking and suffocating, while the breeze blocks are just enough to bring oxygen to this suffocation, they create a breathing space for the habitants.

They called these breeze blocks or breeze breakers, which balance the impact of sunlight and provide ventilation for outdoor patios and breezeways. Imagine the humidity in Hong Kong especially in Summer, the humid and salty scent from the sea seep through the breeze blocks, the wind refresh your sweating body, and the sun is baking on the other side of the breeze wall.