For sculptor, where there's junk, there's art

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 August, 2009, 12:00am

One man's junk is another's art - more specifically, art supply. Wong Tin-yan creates 'eco-art' from discarded wood he collects from refuse. With sponsorship from Sportmax (and material from a dump near his Fo Tan studio), an exhibition of his sculptures, 'Fishes and Birds', opened on Thursday at Harbour City's Gallery by the Harbour. The works are for sale, with the proceeds going to his chosen non-profit organisation, Arts with the Disabled Association.

'Since the materials I use are mostly things that ... no one pays attention to, it's similar to how the disabled are seen as a burden and useless to society,' Wong said. 'The [association] uses art as a tool to bring out their creativity and make them valuable members of society.'

As for his choice of material, it all began in 1997 when Wong needed something affordable to finish his graduation project at Chinese University. 'The university was under renovation and I saw pieces of wood which were clearly useless lying around the construction site. So I tried making things with them and surprisingly the result was very satisfying and a lot of fun.'

The exhibition runs until August 23.