An army of papier mâché pandas swarmed thearrivals hall at Hong Kong airport Monday as part of a charity campaign to promote conservationof the endangered bears.
The display at the airport was the first of a series of eventsplanned across the city, as part of a month-long "1600 Pandas World Tour" campaign.
Designedby French sculptor Paulo Grangeon, the panda installation has already been displayed inother cities including Berlin, Paris and Taipei, before reaching Hong Kong, home to severalof the bears.
"Themed around pandas' state of endangerment, the army of 1,600 papiermache pandas shines a spotlight on conservation and sustainable development," a press statementissued by PMQ, one of the organizers, said.
Organizers say the city will see "flash mobsof pandas" descend on various Hong Kong landmarks including Victoria Harbour, the Shatin racecourseand the city's trams during the campaign.
According to an article on Grangeon's site,the artist saw Thai papier mâché techniques while in Germany.
Grangeon traveled to Thailandseveral times to learn the method.
The pandas were created in factories there out of sixoriginal designs Grangeon created.
Videos and pictures of the artwork flooded socialnetworking sites in Hong Kong following the start of the exhibition, including a clipcreated by a local airline showing paper pandas sitting on board a flight to symbolise their"arrival.
" According to environmentalist group WWF, which uses the bear as its logo, thereare only about 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild, making it an endangered species.