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l’ordre des mondes (totem)

A six metres tall, monumental sculpture at the Hong Kong harbour front.

Detailed view of the intricate pattern and texture of the marble sphere artwork

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Hong Kong


Alicja Kwade

Pace Gallery

l’ordre des mondes (totem) is a towering structure that stands over six meters tall at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and is designed to encourage us to contemplate our relationship with the universe. The artwork features seven marble spheres representing planets, suspended above a framework made of ordinary chairs, creating a captivating contrast between the domestic scale and the vastness of the cosmos.

The Cundall structural team collaborated closely with the artist, Alicja Kwade, Pace Gallery and K11 to create a slender structure that allowed the artist’s vision to be fulfilled. Our team examined the artistic concept, materials, and environmental factors to design a robust and harmonious structural framework that supports and enhances the sculpture's aesthetic appeal.

We explored unconventional materials and techniques to create a visually captivating, structurally sound, and thought-provoking temporary installation. Building upon our previous collaboration with the artist, we helped to push artistic boundaries, and we continue to embark on a creative journey, shaping a future where art and structural excellence converge.

Key fact

The sculpture is tall and slender in its design. The unique form not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also presents a challenge to ensure its structural stability and safety.


Dominykas sitting in office with shirt and tie on

Dominykas Ratkevicius

Principal Engineer, Structural Engineering

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Through innovative thinking and careful analysis, our team developed a construction solution that safely supported the artist's ambitious vision, bringing their conceptual sculpture to life against all structural odds.