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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 April, 2007, 12:00am
 

The Hong Kong Arts Centre has actively promoted public art in recent years. How has it been received?


Connie Lam Suk-yee, arts centre programme director:


'In 2004, we had a symposium called Soul of the City, where people from all over the world shared ideas about public art. As a result, we started putting art in the space opposite our building. The response was good.


'Then we realised public art is a good way to reach out to different communities. At the time, most public art was traditional sculpture. But public art isn't necessarily permanent - it can be temporary, diverse and multifunctional. People can interact with it and it can enhance the aesthetics and cohesion of a community.


'We've worked with Wan Chai District Council on a public art competition and launched a sculpture by Gary Chang Chee-keung on Wyndham Street that will be there for a year.


'The environment for the art form is improving. We're also planning a community art project with students at Hong Kong Wetland Park.


'Variety is important. We hope to bring art to where people live so they can understand it better.'


More information about public art in Hong Kong is available at www.publicart.org.hk


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