Metal cubes, N. Korea handcraft highlight Hong Kong art show

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

HONG KONG (AP) — Gold-plated metal cubes, tapestries embroidered by unknown North Korean artisans and bales of cardboard waste are among the highlights of the Art Basel Hong Kong fair kicking off this week.

The latest edition of the global art fair threw open its doors to media and VIP collectors Tuesday in the southern Chinese city, which has become Asia's main art trading hub.

Some 239 galleries from 35 countries and territories are exhibiting works at the show, which opens to the public for three days starting Thursday.

Chinese artist Zhang Ding attracted curious visitors with his "18 Cubes" installation, which consists of 18 large steel boxes plated with gold to give them a mirror-like finish.

In a twist, Zhang invited fairgoers to scratch whatever they wanted onto the surface.