The 'Cocoons' Photo Series Captures Silk-Wrapped Buildings in Hong Kong

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 13, 2014
References: petersteinhauer & featureshoot
'Cocoons' is a photo dual-series that captures buildings under construction in Hong Kong and 'cocooned' in protective silk covering. The series is the work of photographer Peter Steinhauer, who lived in Asia for nearly two decades.

In the Cocoons 1 and Coccoons 2 series, Steinhauer captures dazzlingly colorful and unreal-looking photographs of large buildings delicately wrapped in silk fabric so as to prevent debris from falling onto the street and pedestrians below. This style of silk building covering is unique to Hong Kong.

Interestingly, buildings are draped in silk even if they are inhabited, if there is construction taking place on some part of the building. It is not uncommon for people to have to live with silk-covered windows for the duration of construction.