GIANT KOI

SZABOTAGE CREATED HIS GIANT KOI WITH THE HELP OF HIS FRIENDS

Lion, Hong Kong

Hong Kong On My Mind, Sheung Wan Hong Kong

Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

Old Street, London, England

Torquay, Devon, England

Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Bit of Gold, Hong Kong

Collab with Unity, Hong Kong

Two Face, Hong Kong

Tag, Hong Kong

Lover's Wall, Hong Kong

Collab with Core246wellesbien, Hong Kong

PROJECT C:CHANGE

MURAL CREATED AS PART OF A PROJECT WITH DAME JANE GOODALL AND OBEY GIANT

Szabotage Gadget

SZABOTAGE GADGET VIDEO

3D Double Koi

3D KOI VIDEO

STORY OF THE KOI

Szabotage’s infamous tag was born out of a sense of empowerment. The artist took a discouraging experience and used it to level up his artistic game.

Back in 2013, Szabotage found the perfect wall in Sai Ying Pun to paint.  The owner of the wall requested that the artist paint a koi but couldn’t agree on a design, telling Szabotage that he “couldn’t paint fish”.  This artist took this feedback and invested the time to perfect the koi, painting them across walls in Hong Kong, and used this experience as fuel to level up his artistic game.  

Szabotage has taken the koi as his emblem, a symbol he has come to identify with himself.  “The koi jumping out of water is jumping out of its comfort zone, from water to air. It is enjoyment, it’s invigorating. There’s a sense of jubilation and freedom in its movement.”.

The koi has important symbolic meaning in traditional Chinese culture.  The fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream.  Strong connotations Szabotage can relate to.  

Characteristics associated with the koi, such as courage and perseverance are reflected in his art, with its boldness, strong symbolism and powerful colour palette.  

Coming full-circle, the Koi is now sought after, with an entire wall created in dedication to ‘the fish’ on Eastern Street in Sai Ying Pun.

Koi, Hong Kong

Koi, Hong Kong

Koi, Hong Kong

Koi, Hong Kong

Koi, Hong Kong

Koi, Hollywood Road Hong Kong

Fight Club, Hong Kong

Woman, Hong Kong

Q Dining, Queens Road Central Hong Kong

The Coffee Academics, Sai Kung Hong Kong

Study Buddy Emoji, Sai Kung Hong Kong

Build Factory, Thailand

Gold Box, Central Hong Kong

Art Supermarket, Staunton Street Hong Kong

Torquay, Devon, U.K.

Collab, Victoriano, Hong Kong

Szabotage Car

Dragon of Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Awfully Hot Shutter, Central Hong Kong

Awfully Hot Shutter, Central Hong Kong

Awfully Hot Shutter, Central Hong Kong