Will the Urban Council please advise whether the Chinese pavilion erected in Statue Square, the arch in Tsim Sha Tsui and plastic flowers and animals strategically scattered in other parts of Central (that is, Chater Garden) are temporary, solely for the purpose of celebrating the handover, or if they are to be permanent? The plaque in front of the Chinese pavilion states that the structure is part of a beautification scheme. Am I in the minority in thinking that in its attempt to beautify, the Urban Council has actually achieved the opposite effect? Instead of contributing aesthetically to the environment, it has managed to mar a hitherto well-planned business city centre, laid out elegantly and in appropriate goods taste. The pavilion and the plastic flora and fauna bring to mind the provincial tackiness of a second-rate amusement park, quite inconsistent with the standards of quality and taste to which Hong Kong people have become accustomed. The rich Chinese culture is certainly able to suggest more artistically appealing objects than those which have been assembled.
Whether the money spent on this project came from taxpayers' pockets or not is irrelevant, for my objection is that when structures and decorations of such visible proportions are of inferior quality and questionable taste, they reflect negatively on our city and our people.
F. C. CHEN Mid-Levels