T-shirt tycoon invites artists to get creative with lockers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 July, 2008, 12:00am

The do-it-yourself spirit of T-shirt entrepreneur Lai Fuk-sang is spilling over to a new exhibition he's presenting at MegaBox' Novo concept shop. Lai's Teelocker concept is a mini-hit already, with the public submitting T-shirt designs that Lai turns into garments, returning a cut of the sales to the designer. 'Everyone can be a designer. All we do is provide a creative outlet for them.'

Lai's latest art project is called MYlocker. Eight independent artists were commissioned to put their own creative and idiosyncratic touches on ordinary school and gym lockers, which are now on display at the shop in Kowloon Bay's MegaBox until August 13. It's an interesting subject, commenting on the city's compartmentalised life and what we hide and store away. There's even a 'Paint Me' locker that anyone can decorate. Since its opening last Friday, the structure is no longer a blank canvas.

'The Paint Me locker is already covered with works,' Lai said. 'One girl, painting at the scene, even asked me if she could also repaint the other lockers.

'I never expected that we would get so much good feedback. Lockers are very interesting. Different people's lockers have different characters. I noticed that the things people put in their lockers and the stickers and posters they stick on the surface are all different. That's how we got the idea for the project.'