SPACE Features ‘Have You Seen Him?’

Project is designed and will be created by South Pasadana architect and designer Stephen Hsiao

The words of this haiku will become visible on the installation only as the sun sets. Courtesy photos

The South Pasadena Arts Center (SPACE) is excited to announce the planning of a large-scale art installation titled “Have You Seen Him?” for the Eclectic Music Festival and Artwalk on April 28, 2018. The project has been designed and will be created by South Pasadana architect and designer Stephen Hsiao.

The project features a fresh way of experiencing South Pasadena’s emblematic sculpture “Astride, Aside”, more commonly called “The Walking Man,” near the intersection of Mission St. and Meridian Ave. During the festival, the sculpture will be enclosed in a giant light box with special viewing spots from which event goers will see the magic of light and shadow play out against the artwork. Capturing the present moment, having time stand still while so much movement happens at the Metro and the busy intersection nearby, is one of the goals of the art installation.

This interactive art installation will be revealed to the public on April 28, the day of the Eclectic Festival.

In a pathway leading to the installation, a series of human-sized billboards will show collages of images and haikus inspired by the Walking Man and created by event goers. Artist Crystal Ho, Hsiao’s partner in both life and their design and fabrication company Midnite Snack, will run the family art activity.

Hsiao describes himself as a maker of things, and “designs architecture, interiors, furniture, bicycles, and random things.” Born in Taiwan, he studied in London and Japan. Outside Kyoto, he was introduced to the origin of haikus, poems meant to describe the present moment of experience. “Have You Seen Him?” encourages viewers to stop and look at the Walking Man sculpture in a new way. An added feature to the installation are the words of a haiku Hsaio wrote revealed only as the sun sets: “Train slows at station. Gazing at Mission. Waiting with Walking Man.”

The interactive installation will be on view one day only, during the Eclectic Festival, from 3 – 9 p.m. The art activity is from 5 – 8 p.m.