In 1995, New York-based Chinese artist Lin Yilin created a performance art piece, where he progressively built and dismantled a wall, as he slowly crossed a busy road in China’s Guangzhou, forcing traffic to swerve around him.
The creation was called “Safely Manoeuvring across Lin He Road”. Art enthusiasts at the Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 can don VR glasses and experience this performance.
Lin Yilin’s performance has been recreated in VR by journalist Nonny de la Peña, known as “godmother of virtual reality”, for the event, as part of collaboration with the Asia Art Archive.
In the original performance, Lin spent 90 minutes to build and move a small brick wall on a busy road in Guangzhou; at Hong Kong’s Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, visitors spend around 10 minutes having a go at building a slow moving wall across a busy road in China as buses, trucks, cars and motorbikes swerve around them.