West Kowloon arts hub the perfect location for Foster's park

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 March, 2011, 12:00am

I am not an artist and know very little about the arts.

However, I am surprised at the comments made by Mathias Woo on the choice of Norman Foster's design for the West Kowloon Cultural District. Mr Woo said that a park has nothing to do with the arts ('A Pierre Cardin for the price of a Louis Vuitton', March 5).

My six-year-old son has been attending art classes for the past two years and I have been taking drawing and watercolour classes for a few months.

The first things we leaned were appreciation of colour, shapes and light, and the first subjects we drew and painted were the sky, trees, flowers, water and architecture (houses and buildings).

My little boy is fortunate enough to have run on meadows and seen magnificent blue skies with fluffy white clouds on holidays overseas.

I do not know what goes on in his mind when he draws and paints but I hope that the feeling of grass underfoot and the colour of the sky will stay with him and come through in his artwork. I would therefore have thought that a large park right by Victoria Harbour would be an ideal venue to generate interest and appreciation of the arts not just for our children but for all ages.

Apart from trees and flowers, hopefully we will be able to walk, sit and run on the grass and there will be water, with boats and ships of all shapes and sizes, interesting building skylines, not to mention the opportunity to see a vast expanse of the sky.

The park will also be ideal for the display and exhibition of various art forms, for example, sculptures, for outdoor performances and various arts competitions.

I hope Mr Woo, who is from an avant garde art group [Zuni Iconsahedron], will see the park as an interesting alternative venue for performances from his group, and perhaps for open-air workshops on the performing arts.

Kelly Lam, Central