A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Tim Burton has created endless possibilities in his movies, and through The World of Tim Burton, brought boundless excitement to fans across the world. Hong Kong is the latest stop of the tour, and this is a chance to bring more possibilities to the real world. Collaborating with local designers, design schools, renowned brands and charity organizations, The World of Tim Burton in Hong Kong proudly presents Be Part of It, our community engagement campaign, which allows us to go beyond the exhibition and give back to the community.
Dubbed the “Godfather of Urban Vinyl,” Michael Lau is the icon of style icons. He is invited to collaborate with The World of Tim Burton to create two new designs of limited edition figures for the Hong Kong exhibition, bound to spur a new wave of frenzy.
The two new figures include a 12” action figure and a 6” vinyl figure. While the former is based on Tim Burton’s iconic Balloon Boy and reinterpreted with Michael Lau’s unique design elements, the latter is a remake of Maxx and his pet BB, Lau’s signature Gardener character duo, into classic Burton style. Production is limited to 500 each and 400 of each can be ordered from KickStarter.
A big fan of Burton’s work, Michael Lau takes inspiration from his artworks and creates unique figures as a tribute to the artist and filmmaker and to celebrate The World of Tim Burton in Hong Kong. The result illustrates a good marriage in terms of form and expression to represent the two artists’ work. The sketches and prototypes of the figures are displayed in the exhibition shop to demonstrate Lau’s creative process.
All backers’ names will also be featured in a mosaic wall in the exhibition venue as a special thanks for their participation.
About Michael Lau
Michael Lau, born 1970 here in Hong Kong, is an acclaimed contemporary street artist most known for his urban vinyl art.
He was the trendsetter of figure culture since the 90s and gained international recognition since he was named a pioneer in the article from Forbes magazine, “20 Trends Sweeping the Globe” (Jan. 2008). His primary mediums for his figurine art are mainly the 12” action figure and 6” vinyl figure which he conceives completely from the story of each character to the clothes and accessories, as well as packaging.
His world of art combines the ideals of music, fashion, pop culture, art, X-game as well as the lifestyle that emerged from the street and beyond. His collections feature a wide variety of characters from basketball players to skateboarders and graffiti artists. These characters carry each of their own lifestyle and attitude, and are reflected in their costumes that feature various top brands in respective fields, where Lau has later launched multiple crossover projects with throughout his creative journey. He is also the first Hong Kong artist appointed to design the national team uniform and footwear for the China national BMX team in the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Risks and challenges
Due to the requirement of the high standard from both Tim Burton Productions and Michael Lau, there may be a chance the completion of the figures may be delayed for 15 to 30 days.