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Material Tales – The Life of Things

19 May 2023 - 18 October 2023


The Hong Kong Science Museum will launch a new exhibition, “Material Tales – The Life of Things”. In collaboration with the Design Museum, London, the Hong Kong Science Museum brings its touring exhibition to Hong Kong for the first time in a new light.

The exhibition uses bamboo, which is a biodegradable and versatile material, as its design concept. Divided into four zones, the exhibition starts from the origins and characteristics of materials. Through everyday items such as classic chairs and tableware, images, videos and artworks, this exhibition showcases how humans have applied ingenious technology and design to transform various materials to make life more comfortable and convenient while at the same time endowed materials with boundless imagination. Visitors will be able to appreciate the contribution of the earth’s resources to the ascent of humans and reflect on the disastrous consequences of the ravenous consumption of natural resources through exploring the stories behind materials.

Apart from over 100 exhibits from the London Design Museum’s collection, the exhibition also showcases locally developed innovative products, such as “Lightweight Foamed Concrete” that is lighter in weight than normal concrete used in the construction industry; the “Celluwarm Puffer Jacket” made from spent corn husks and stalks; takeaway packaging that uses “Biocide-Free Germ-Repellent Varnish for Paper Products”, as well as eco-friendly tableware made from plant-based waste and biodegradable plastic. Visitors can also learn about the scientific properties and applications of different materials through specially designed interactive exhibits.

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