deTour 2022

Design as One

S502, 5/F, Block A, PMQ

David cut off Goliath’s head because people needed a legend. David was resurrected in white marble by Michelangelo because people needed a representation of perfection. David was relocated from the top floor of a church to the entrance of Florence City Hall because people needed a symbol of defiance to power. David’s head was eventually copied because people needed to learn how to sketch objects.

Useless and useful, intangible and tangible; it’s all about perception and context. When an object is needed in a specific context and a targeted purpose, it is deemed useful; but if its metaphysical purposes are removed, it becomes useless. Take away the soul of a pinnacle of art, the skill and technique it embodies. Mechanise and magnify it with modern technology, and give it an insignificant function. Add sound, projection and whirling movement—all to make you dance your life away. Is this grotesque purpose useful or useless? You can choose to sneer, or you can dance with David.


STICKYLINE is a prominent creative duo comprising Mic Leong and Soilworm Lai from Hong Kong. Renowned for their distinctive, large-scale polyhedron sculptures, the duo is the mastermind behind the creative engineering, intricate mathematics and complex geometric structures in their work.

Crafting simple yet durable shapes using paper and metal, STICKYLINE combines technologies in kinetic, sound and light to enhance the experience of their work. The duo also conducts site-specific curation, explores experimental spatial experiences with minimalist geometric aesthetics and injects communal creative energy into their ever-evolving body of work.

Formed in 2011, STICKYLINE features a clientele ranging from international brands such as Ralph Lauren, Puma, Givenchy, Mercedes-Benz, Leica and Audemars Piguet to local organisations such as Design Trust, PMQ, Landmark and Lee Gardens, as well as private commissions.