Macau is a legend. The mere mention of its name takes the traveller’s imagination beyond the horizon to where the sun rises.
Macau, which is situated 65 kilometres away from Hong Kong on the southern coast of China, has gone through the ages picking up surprising and contrasting elements from China at its most traditional, Portuguese colonisation and an extraordinary urbanisation revolution. All of these elements are combined in present-day Macau.
To become even more globally attractive, Macao had to change culturally while preserving its identity as an advanced post in the Far East’s economic development strategy. This is precisely the principle behind the wild project launched by the promoters of the City of Dreams, the extraordinary complex of high luxury hotels and shops, casinos and theatres on the forefront of entertainment technology, the masterpiece of which is the theatre dedicated to “The House of Dancing Water”.
By offering gamblers and travellers the opportunity to reside in the heart of Macau, Lawrence Ho, who co-founded the City of Dreams and is Chairman of Melco Crown Entertainment, also wished to take part in making in-depth transformations to his city’s public image for more family-oriented stays.
The selection of Franco Dragone was a deliberate choice in this process. To recall, according to Chris Jones, an academic at Chicago’s Columbia College, the creative and conceptual dimension of Franco’s work is one of the most remarkable artistic contributions to urban culture in modern America.
Mutatis mutandis, this type of approach, which is based on being open to all forms of expression from the post-modern era and conveyed by a personality who defines his source of inspiration in his relationship to people and to the world, could only appeal to the promoters’ wish of anchoring their beacon-city at the crossroads of civilisations between an adventurous past and a future writing its own history, between East and West, on a bridge made of glass and audacity where promises and traditions fuse, a bridge called Macau.