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Papier mache panda 'flash mobs' land in Hong Kong

Published on Jun 9, 2014 8:07 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - An army of paper mache pandas swarmed the arrivals hall at Hong Kong airport Monday as part of a charity campaign to promote conservation of the endangered bears.

The display of 1,600 paper mache pandas at the airport was the first of a series of events planned across the city, as part of a month-long "1600 Pandas World Tour" campaign.

Designed by French sculptor Paulo Grangeon, the panda installation has already been displayed in other cities including Berlin, Paris and Taipei, before reaching Hong Kong, home to several of the bears.

"Themed around pandas' state of endangerment, the army of 1600 paper mache pandas shines a spotlight on conservation and sustainable development," a press statement issued by PMQ, one of the organisers, said.

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