Only 1 out of 4 artworks ready for Legco building

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2011, 12:00am


Something will be missing from the new Legislative Council headquarters when lawmakers move into it over the summer to prepare to start the new session in October.

Three of the four artworks that were to have decorated key spots in the building will not be ready in time, so pieces will have to be borrowed or bought to fill the blank spaces.

The council had invited submissions from artists for the four works. But with 'quality issues and practical difficulties', Legco president Tsang Yok-sing said yesterday, 'only one planned project can be installed in our new building before... October'.

That will be a metallic piece entitled People showing humans performing different actions, to be installed on a wall facing the main escalator.

A piece that involved installing neon tubes into a circular pillar had met practical difficulties that could obstruct maintenance, while no satisfactory ideas at all were found for the main entrance.

'For the landmark position in front of the building, an artist's idea to construct a glass fixture resembling two Chinese characters - yet to be decided - was held up because no suitable materials could be found after we wanted to make it bigger to create more impact,' Tsang said.

The ideas for the four locations were shortlisted by a panel of Legco members, professional artists and media representatives. An exhibition was held last year before the panel made the final choices.

While the next legislative year will be the last before polls next September, Tsang said he was struggling with the decision on whether to seek re-election as a lawmaker. 'As a [Legco] president has to remain politically impartial and cannot express views on policies, it becomes more difficult for me to get re-elected. My age is also a consideration,' Tsang, 64, said.