Yellow Cocoon #4 - Edition of 15


In this his Cocoons series, Steinhauer explores the awe-inspiring practice that is the final stronghold of the bamboo scaffolders. You can witness this phenomenon throughout Hong Kong. Buildings caged in bamboo up to 80 stories high during renovation, then covered in different colored material to eliminate debris falling to the ground. “The title "Cocoons" for this body of work was a natural choice for the artist. The framework; a metamorphosis; like caterpillars to butterflies. Colored material unveiled ceremoniously, exposing a brand-new facade, as a cocoon breaking free and rejoicing in the re-birth. Photographed initially in 1994 and 1995, this concept became a full-time project by 2007, when Steinhauer relocated to Hong Kong from Vietnam.

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White wood frame with Plexiglas front
124cm D x 157cm H
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Peter Steinhauer

Peter Steinhauer

Peter Steinhauer is an artist photographer, who had been living and working in Asia since 1993.  His photography focuses predominantly on architecture within urban landscapes, man made structures and natural panoramas.

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Peter Steinhauer developed an early fascination and appreciation of different cultures from his parents that took him and his siblings on their annual travels. These experiences actively fed his curiosity and ultimately afforded him the opportunity to live in numerous cities around the world including the Stockholm, Sweden, both Hanoi and Saigon, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore, San Francisco and more recently Washington, DC.

Peter Steinhauer is a recipient of multiple international photography awards including a finalist for the 2014 and 2017 Lucie Awards, Ford Foundation grant for his multi year work in Vietnam, Black and White Spider Award for Architecture, IPA and PX3 Paris awards, three Communication Arts Photography Annual Award of Excellence awards, among others.  You can find his works in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and a growing number of private and corporate collections world-wide.

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