The Renaissance is a splendid era of human exploration and truth-seeking. The artwork illustrates the Flat Earth and Spherical Earth theories in the Age of Discovery, adorned with elements from imaginations. The Flat Earth and Spherical Earth theories symbolize two worldviews from different eras: science and superstition, authority and truth-seeking, human-orientation and god-orientation. They have both accumulated and shaped the history of today’s world, exemplifying the evolution of human civilization.
The theory of the Spherical Earth, confirmed during the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery, highlights the subtle relationship between the two eras. Knowledge, wealth, religion, and desires have driven humans to fill in the blanks on the map. In this era, Macao has also shifted from the border to the center, and ships set sail on the Pearl River for trade. As various cultures meet and merge here, dialogues between the world of scientific exploration and the world of legend and fantasy take place, exploring and integrating diversities in different perspectives.
Commissioned by MGM
Fok Hoi Seng
Born in Macao, Fok Hoi Seng uses technical pens to create his meticulous artworks that integrate ancient maps with new constructions. It is a combination of tradition and modernity to record the big era, from the Age of Discovery, probing on the cities’ changes caused by urban development and globalization. His works are collected by the Orient Museum (Portugal), University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong, United Overseas Bank (UOB), the Macao Government Headquarters, Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, the Macao Museum of Art, Oriental Foundation, MGM, etc.