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The Moon is Leaving Us 月逝無聲

Roughly 300 years ago, after studying ancient records of eclipses, British astronomer Edmond Halley conceived of a theory that the moon was in fact physically moving away from the Earth. The moon’s recession was later confirmed in the 1970s by laser beams bouncing off mirrors placed on the moon by American and Soviet astronauts. Caused by drags in ocean tides, which slow the Earth’s spin rate, the accelerated rate compensates for the loss of angular momentum, and the moon gradually pulls away at a rate of 3.78 cm a year – about the rate at which our fingernails grow.  Upon learning this, Hong Kong artist Phoebe Hui’s existing fascination with the celestial body gained newfound urgency. “For some reason, this matters to me, despite the fact it doesn’t affect us during our lifetime,” she says. Initial inspiration struck when the artist’s visited Le Brassus in Switzerland, home to Audemars Piguet’s headquarters, just after she was selected to fulfil the Fifth Audemars Piguet Art Commission, the first to be exhibited in Asia. During a nighttime stroll, an encounter …

Audemars Piguet Contemporary presents The Moon is Leaving Us (2021) by Phoebe Hui

The Moon is Leaving Us /Apr 25 – May 23, 2021 / From Apr 25 to May 23, 2021, the 5th Audemars Piguet Art Commission The Moon is Leaving Us by multi-disciplinary artist Phoebe Hui, guest curated by Ying Kwok, is on view at Tai Kwun Center for Arts and Heritage in Hong Kong.  The large scale, site-specific installation takes a unique fact about the Moon – that it is in fact slowing leaving “us” – as a basis to explore historical and contemporary observations of Earth’s natural satellite in an effort to re-examine our relationship with it and embrace new perspectives on science through contemporary art. Audemars Piguet cordially invites you to experience the artwork remotely through a virtual tour and digital curator walk-throughs. Book a virtual visitDiscover more