What is it?
Lifted into place in 2012, Lovely Panda is an enormous, four-metre-tall panda cuddling a giant baby panda while both nibble happily on bamboo stalks. Originally constructed to provide a landmark and ease navigation among the identical construction sites of Wangjing, the pandas still guard the eastern entrance to the maze of completed new-build apartments. Just say, ‘Meet me by the pandas.’
The expert opinion
‘Lovely Panda embodies an image [that is] out of kilter with the allegories of family cohesion and social unity typical of most art forms found in the public sphere. We are left to ponder at one solitary parental panda overlooking the safety of a single-child infant panda.’ Billy Tang, curatorial director, Magician Space.
Time Out says
Towering above a smoggy, dusty junction and building site, these two giant pandas seem very far from their natural habitat of lush green bamboo groves. They may be lovely, but they also inspire pity. Would you want to be stuck in Wangjing forever?