Now open in the gardens and piazza of Astral Dreams is an open-air exhibition by Mistero Hifeng, featuring his 3D art.
Caught is the grip of a frozen winter, the garden and piazza are an excellent setting for Mistero’s evocative pieces, and he has exhibited measured care in placing his work such that it appears as a natural part of the garden, rather than being simply placed within it.
Take Bruciando Ricordi (“Burning Memories” – at the top of this article) for example, as it sits within the slowly rotating cog set into the ground at the landing point. The latter is the first visible sign that Astral Dreams has a strong steampunk influence, but Bruciando Ricordi occupies the centre of the cog as if the two were intended for one another. Meanwhile, the two figures of Veglio su di te (“Watch Over You), which are bent over the piece blend perfectly with the frosted branches and leaves of the tall oak tree shading the landing point, they could almost at first glance be mistaken for tree trunks.
Given the theme of the gardens is that of romance (alongside the steampunk element), Mistero has also selected pieces which offer feelings of passion for the core of this exhibition. Along with Bruciando Ricordi, there is Ti respiro e ti trattengo rising from the nearby pond, while the stage is dominated by Le ultime frasi degli amanti and Tu hai l’anima che io vorrei, with La…chiamano realta’ and Aneladam occupying two corners of the dance floor.
This is not an extensive exhibit, but for those who enjoy Mistrero’s work or would like an introduction to his sculptures, it is an ideal one to visit. Should you do so, note that all of the major pieces are for sale, and do be sure to follow the untitled figure of the woman with the umbrella as it sits along the path away from the landing point, over the bridge and to one of the buildings at the edge of the garden – not all of Mistero’s pieces are displayed outside.
- Astral Dreams (Hawaii, rated: Moderate)