Le Méridien’s inaugural ‘Creative Journey’ in Asia was held at Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa on China’s Hainan Island from 27th February to 3rd March 2012. Celebrated Chinese artist and LM100 Member An Xiotong embarked upon the ‘Creative Journey’, accompanied by hotel guests and staff.

The ‘Creative Journeys’ art event series enable guests to enjoy and be inspired by interactive cultural experiences with globally respected creative minds from the fields of arts and cuisine – right inside the hotel.

During her creative journey at the beachfront resort, An Xiaotong created numerous artful collaborations inspired by her week on the beautiful Hainan Island coast – featuring the hotel, people she met, and the local surroundings and culture. An Xiaotong discussed her work and inspirations during an Unveiling Ceremony in the hotel lobby on Friday 2 March 2012.

An Xiaotong’s iconoclastic artwork – which will be displayed in the lobby until 2014 – is a jellyfish-themed installation entitled Méduse. The giant mural measures 5 (w) x 2.5 (h) metres and uses around 400,000 Lego bricks.

"Lego has evolved from toy to art. The simple brick offers great scope for creating different artworks and allows guests from different countries to appreciate and interact with the piece in a new perspective,” said LM100 artist An Xiaotong. “My choice of jellyfish as a subject is inspired by the sea surrounding Le Meridien Shimei Bay and the hotel landscape from a bird’s eye view. I hope the art installation will create a happy, relaxed atmosphere in its new home, and instill a sense of belonging and welcome.”

"We were thrilled to welcome LM100 Member An Xiaotong to inspire fresh creativity at Le Méridien Shimei Bay,” said Richard Li, General Manager of Le Méridien Shimei Bay. “Le Méridien prides itself on being a platform for global artists and a hub for creative travelers. It was an exciting opportunity for our guests and staff to be directly involved in the creation of An Xiaotong’s jellyfish themed lobby installation – which is already the talk of Shimei Bay.”

In the spirit of rejuvenating creativity, An Xiaotong also surprised guests with her culinary flair by collaborating with Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa’s resident chefs to compose a meal inspired by the destination and her stay at the resort. “Flavours at Shimei Bay” Set Menu includes Chill Tomatoes Soup with Red Snapper Fillet, Baked Asparagus with Salmon, Marinated Surf Clam with Salad, Steamed Prawn with Bean Curd and Scallop, Steamed Rice Ball with “He Le” Crab Roe, Glutinous Rice Cake with Fresh Fruit Jam and so on. This Special Menu is available on the menu at Horizon Restaurant & Bar until 3 May 2012.

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