Micro City was an art installation created for International Design Festival, Beijing Design Week in 2015. A miniature city model, the project integrated the plain grid of Manhattan, New York, with the magnificent structure of Beijing CBD to demonstrate the optimism of humans who pursue dreams and scale mountainous heights.
As a landscape art installation, Micro City memorialises the red clay brick – a material that is no longer used in China. High-rise columns built with red masonry bricks represent history and modernity coexisting in harmony. As a large outdoor multi-functional interactive art installation, brick columns of different heights (from 1 to 47 layers of bricks) offer possibilities of activities like sitting, standing, climbing and boarding. This square became a visitors’ favourite for resting, gathering and photo taking during Beijing Design Week.