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1600 paper mache pandas invade Hong Kong airport

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June 9, 2014 - 1,600 paper pandas, created by French artist Paulo Grangeon, displayed at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport.AP

It was a sea of black and white at the Hong Kong airport as a special art installation of 1600 paper mache pandas invaded a terminal Monday.

French artist Paulo Grangeon created the paper bears, in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about the dwindling panda population.

The pandas will travel as a group to several landmarks in Hong Kong on their publicity tour, including Victoria Harbor.

There are 1600 because that’s how many are believed to be left in the wild.  

"You have only 1,600 panda in freedom. And I don't want in 50 years, only one-thousand….I don't want to see the last panda in the zoo," Grangeon told the Associated Press.

The popular pandas have already visited Taiwan, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany. They’ll hang out in Hong Kong for one month.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.