Leather Animals In A Paper Jungle For Hermès Window Installation.
For its 13th Carte Blanche, the Hermès store at Hong Kong International Airport is exhibiting a piece by the French artists Zim&Zou, 'The Eternal Jungle', which is an invitation into the wild. (Some of you may recall that I previously posted about the paper crafts of Zim&Zou.)
The window installation creates an intriguing contrast between the jungle, a world that is dominated by wild animals, and one of great refinement, the world of Hermès.
The window is influenced by the abundance of vegetation in Hong Kong and showcases Hermès accessories (such as scarves, jewelry, bets and ties) and a Monkey, a Toucan and a Chameleon crafted of leather off-cuts from the workshops of Hermès.
If this sounds a little familiar, it is much like the lovingly crafted animals made with Louis Vuitton leather goods for their window displays by Billie Achilleous.
Monkey and Hermès tie:
Chameleon and Hermès bracelet:
Toucan and Hermès necklace:
The installation displays the finest skills in paper-cut art and leatherwork. Remaining faithful to its original purity, the artists create intricate objects with the paper, a material both beautiful and versatile.
A look at the impressively crafted animals.
The Monkey in the display:
The Toucan in the display:
The Chameleon in the display:
The window as it appears in the Hong Kong International Airport:
Zim and Zou
Don't miss this post about another artist who has crafted small animals of leather for Louis Vuitton Window displays: