Chubby Hearts, famed for featuring the world’s first massive floating red heart, will come to Hong Kong from February 14-24. The centrepiece of the design project — which will be in the city as part of its Asia debut — will be a giant floating heart with a diameter of about 12 metres located at Statue Square Gardens in Central from Valentine’s Day until the Lantern Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day.

There will also be a series of smaller heart installations, measuring 3 metres across, stationed at landmarks and tourist hotspots across the city, such as the Mong Kok Flower Market, the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree in Tai Po, and the Belcher Bay Promenade in Kennedy Town.

A smaller Chubby Heart will be stationed next to the Lam Tseun Wishing Tree.

The Chubby Hearts concept was created by British designer Anya Hindmarch and first opened to the public in London in 2018. The installation has been spotted at Trafalgar Square, Battersea Power Station, The Ritz, Covent Garden, and The National Gallery. One of its last sightings was at Wellington Arch in London’s Hyde Park in February 2022.

Last year, Hong Kong was the site of the world’s first double ducks installation, which saw two 18-metre-high inflatable ducks take over Victoria Harbour to mark 10 years since Florentjin Hofman’s Rubber Duck Project first came to the SAR. The ducks attracted more than 8 million visitors, but had their stay cut short by about a week because of rain.

Image credits: Chubby Hearts Hong Kong

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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