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Artist Lily Kwong’s ‘Moongates’

'Moongates' Landscape Art Installation at Bal Harbour Shops by Lily Kwong. Photograph by Gesi Schilling

‘Moongates’ landscape art installation at Bal Harbour Shops by Lily Kwong. Photograph by Gesi Schilling

A one-of-a-kind landscape art installation titled ‘Moongates’ is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Created by Studio Lily Kwong, we partnered with the artist herself, Lily Kwong, to create this unique interactive floral art installation. The lush, picturesque gates feature 8 circular floral structures measuring 10 feet wide by 9 feet tall. Filled with thousands of rich colored orchids – red, orange, yellow and gold – the structure honors the celebratory nature of the holiday season. ‘Moongates’ uses plant life as an artistic medium to highlight the surrounding tropical, open-air setting.

The magnificent 'Moongates' landscape art installation by Studio Lily Kwong will be showcased on the Center Courtyard through the new year

The magnificent ‘Moongates’ landscape art installation is being showcased on the center courtyard of the Shops through the new year.

The majestic installation is on display now through the beginning of January in our center courtyard. You will find yourself transported as you step into a tunnel filled with hundreds of vibrant colored orchids, layers upon layers of moss, wild plants and so much more that you will have to experience for yourself.

Lily Kwong highlights one of the hundreds of orchids that make up the 'Moongates' landscape art installation. Photograph by Gesi Schilling

Lily Kwong highlights one of the hundreds of orchids that make up the ‘Moongates’ landscape art installation. Photograph by Gesi Schilling

The symbolic power of ‘Moongates’ resides in its architectural form and dramatic orchid display. The Chinese American landscape artist, Lily Kwong was drawn to the moon gate, a traditional architectural element in Chinese gardens dating back thousands of years.

Artist Lily Kwong transforms Bal Harbour Shops into a spectacular floral landscape

Artist Lily Kwong transforms Bal Harbour Shops into a spectacular floral landscape.

The gates were found in the gardens of emperors and nobility. The shape of the gates — a circle rising up from the land — is richly charged with spiritual meaning. One interpretation is the moon gate, lifting itself from the earth representing rebirth and renewal.

Brazilian model, television reporter, host and Bal Harbour Shops friend Carol Scaff inside one of the 8 circular floral 'Moongates' structures

Brazilian model, television reporter, host and Bal Harbour Shops friend Carol Scaff inside one of the 8 circular floral ‘Moongates’ structures.

‘Moongates’ enhances the sophisticated aesthetic of Bal Harbour Shops and provides an exquisite, memorable experience for all of its visitors. Whether it’s your next holiday photo or an Instagrammable selfie moment, ‘Moongates’ will be a holiday floral fantasy you soon won’t forget. #MoongatesBHS

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'Moongates' landscape art installation. #MoongatesBHS

‘Moongates’ landscape art installation. #MoongatesBHS

Approximately 1,000 orchids make up this spectacular floral landscape

Approximately 1,000 orchids make up this spectacular floral landscape.

6 Comments

Jennifer Collins December 06, 2019 at 1:37 pm

Can you tell me how long he installation will be in Bal Harbour Please

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Bal Harbour Shops December 13, 2019 at 9:20 am

‘Moongates’ will be showcased through January 1, 2020. We hope to see you enjoy this one-of-a-kind landscape art installation!

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lonnie schiller December 09, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Can you tell me the name of the small white exterior bar that’s out in the courtyard of the shops? Or is it associated with a restaurant? Thank you.

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Bal Harbour Shops December 13, 2019 at 9:20 am

Can you kindly specify which image you are referring to? Please note, Carpaccio and Le Zoo are the two restaurants in the center of Level 1 of the Shops. Thank you.

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Anonymous December 24, 2019 at 8:05 pm

I went there today with my mother, and we used the selfie machine provided..but it doesn’t work. The emails were never delivered. Can you please have it looked at and send the emails stored in it?

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Bal Harbour Shops December 26, 2019 at 8:45 pm

We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please share the email you used and we will send the image(s) directly to you.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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