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FBorn in 1950 in Guangdong Province, China, Chu Hon Sun graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 1975 with a degree in Fine Arts. The following year he was awarded a scholarship by the Italian Cultural Department to study stone sculpting at Italy’s world-famous marble quarries. He later returned to Hong Kong as a lecturer at CUHK and continued to create his own works, including “Swallows”, a marble statue set within the ornamental pond at Chater Gardens, Central. Chu’s pieces have won several awards, including the Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Art Award for sculpture in 1981. His large and small pieces are found in public squares, enterprises and private homes in Hong Kong, Italy and Canada, where he currently resides.
“Mankind” is a marble assemblage expressing the confluence between artistic romanticism and Chu’s disposition towards self-analysis and introspection. The sculpture comprises two marble structures, one resembling the female form and one the male form. Various shapes are juxtaposed and echoed between the two pieces, creating an intriguing tension of symmetry and asymmetry. It was unveiled in the lobby of Three Exchange Square in July 1989.