Students focus on the bigger picture with Grid Art at Megabox mall

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2007, 12:00am

Thousands of students have taken part in creating four giant Grid Art oil paintings in the last 10 days under the instruction of world renowned Austrian artist Emil Herker in a shopping mall in East Kowloon.

Titled The Reappearance of a Blue Sky, the four paintings explore the relationship between human activities and Mother Nature thus, promoting environmental awareness through collective art.

Gird art painting involves separating the painting into small squares. The four giant oil paintings - composed of a total of 160,000 tiny individual paintings - are the largest Herker has ever created.

The artist first used computer software to generate drafts of the paintings. Each tiny picture was painted with its designated colour under audio instruction, which systemically numbered the co-ordination of the individual plates with different colours.

Dozens of local schools were invited to join the painting processes. Apart from painting, Herker also gave students a mini lecture about Grid Art and environmental topics.

Herker believes the combined effort in creating large-scale Grid Art paintings unifies the spirits of all those who participate: 'A single raindrop is nothing; but altogether they create the ocean.'

The four paintings will be on display from today until the end of the month in Megabox.