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  • Marni’s “Roof Market” installation by Massimo Bartolini during Art Basel Hong Kong

  • Marni Roof Market during Art Basel Hong Kong

  • Marni’s “Roof Market” installation by Massimo Bartolini during Art Basel Hong Kong

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Marni’s “Roof Market” installation by Massimo Bartolini during Art Basel Hong Kong

In celebration of the third installment of Art Basel Hong Kong, Marni presented last week an impressive installation by Italian artist Massimo Bartolini, held during the one-night-only “Roof Market” event that channeled the atmosphere of a real flower market, commemorating Marni’s 20th anniversary. Inspired by the brand’s philosophy of recycling, Bartolini created a 30 m diameter circle made of a series of lights that vibrated and gained intensity in response to a soundtrack created from the noises registered during Marni Roof Market. Bartolini used the same light tubes that are normally used during Sicilian traditional festivities, when the streets are practically invaded by thousands of them, creating an absolutely breathtaking experience. The installation took over the roof top of Pier 4, on the harbor, with Hong Kong’s imposing skyline as a backdrop.

Following Marni Flower Market in Milan, the event’s layout consisted of a series of small house-shaped stalls that contained flowers, aromatic plants and a variety of special products, including a series of hand-painted leather sandals by Italian Art Brut artists; playful pvc pot holders decorated with Marni archive prints; the Dot bag, a net made of saffiano leather printed with archive motifs; fabric sacs and a variety of Marni Flower Market striped shopping bags. Also on sale there was a selection of sculptures from the Marni Animal House project, made by Colombian artisans, picnic cloths and printed wrapping papers. Last, but not least, Marni Roof Market also included a recycled materials jewelry workshop that stole the spotlight. The proceeds of all sales were donated to the Vimala Association, whose aim is to help people with physical, mental, family and economic difficulties.