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Following his graduation from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 1976 with a degree in Fine Arts, sculptor Chu Hon Sun was awarded a scholarship by the Italian Cultural Department to study stone sculpting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, site of the world-famous marble quarries. Chu returned to Hong Kong and lectured at CUHK from 1982 to 1990. During this time, he continued to create his own works, among them “Swallows”, a marble statue set within the ornamental pond at Chater gardens, Central.
Since setting in Canada, Chu has continued to return to Hong Kong as a visiting artist of Chung Chi College at CUHK.
“Mankind” is a marble assemblage expressing the confluence between artistic romanticism and Chu’s disposition towards self-analysis and introspection. It was unveiled in the lobby of Three Exchange Square in July 1989.