435 King Street East, Cambridge, ON
If my room can spell fortune, would you like to come in and visit?
A wonderful memory: after a tasty meal from the local Chinese restaurant, the servers always brought me a cookie to complete the meal. This sweet delight was such a treat not only because it tasted great, but there was that wee slip of paper – my ‘fortune.’
Most people will read their ‘fortunes’ then discard the paper and continue about their regular journey. But what if they saved these leftover fortunes and transplant them into my room to let everyone read and revisit their fortunes again?
In the end, a once leftover paper fortune gets transplanted and reborn into its original purpose.
Taking inspiration from daily life, Li's mission is to transform the everyday mundane into exceptionally unique pieces by using his hands. His work ranges from turning discarded fortune cookie papers into a wall of happy thoughts to transforming ordinary eggs into an extraordinary light show. In 2019, Li completed his first public art sculpture for the City of Peterborough in Ontario, Canada. Called 'Your Story,' the sculpture is installed on the City's Library Commons and is designed to evoke a book cover twisting in the wind. Standing 20 feet tall, the wooden structure creates a sense of movement through a series of undulating fin-like columns which make the sculpture feel alive. For Li, it is important that each person who walks inside has a chance to experience this fluidity and discover their own journey.
Having lived in Hong Kong, Belfast, Coventry, New York, and Toronto, Li now specializes in Architecture, Art, and Design.
Li started life in Hong Kong in 1973 and began his art education at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and University of Coventry in England. He then moved to Calvary, Canada and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Alberta College of Arts and Design. Still wanting to make a bigger impression, Li moved to Toronto and in 2005 completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Toronto, where he currently resides. Li has worked for leading international architecture firms such as Kohn Pederson and Fox in New York City, Zeidler Architects in Toronto, and Sturgess Architects in Calgary.
Opening Reception: Fortune Room
Idea Exchange, Preston
Friday April 3, 7:00 - 10:00 PM