In 2013 Cass Sculpture Foundation was approached to help commission a series of sculptures to celebrate HSBC’s 150th anniversary. In March 2015 two monumental cast bronze sculptures created by London art collective Based Upon were unveiled to the public in Hong Kong and London.
The HSBC Board of Directors consulted directly with CASS who recommended a number of artists from the UK and China who then provided design proposals. With the help of the Foundation, HSBC selected A Grain of Rice proposed by Based Upon who created two identical cast-bronze sculptures that both represent a single grain of rice. This symbolic representation of a commodity traded on a global scale is hollow and coated in polished bronze, which beautifully catches, absorbs and reflects the light. In contrast to this the exterior skin of each sculpture is covered in 150 engraved images that work to create a narrative tapestry of HSBC’s 150-year history.
Each monumental work now stands proudly at the entrances to HSBC’s sister head offices in Hong Kong and London. As well as operating as a consultancy platform CASS project managed the commission and oversaw the project from budgeting, scheduling, structural engineering and fabrication right through to installation.