Artists bring natural touch to tram shelters

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 May, 2013, 5:13am

Art is coming to the streets as work by local artists takes its place at city tram shelters.

The colourful paintings with themes of natural landscapes and animals can be seen in stops at Wan Chai and Taikoo Shing.

"The idea of the exhibition is to take artwork out of galleries and museums, and make it accessible to everybody," said Hong Kong Tramways general manager Emmanuel Vivent.

The organisers hope to support local artists and promote their artwork by converting the tram stops' advertisement panels into exhibition spaces.

Alex Heung Kin-fung, who has 14 paintings, mostly with environmental themes, in the exhibition, said: "When I was small, my mum would bring me to take the tram. Now I can bring her to tram stops and show her my work."

Artist Alice Lai Nga-yu said display space in Hong Kong was still limited despite some improvement in the past decade. "It is a new experience for us to have our works displayed in public spaces," she said.

Connie Lam Suk-yee, executive director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the artistic partner of the exhibition, said the concept was to bring art to the community. "We hope to bring a bit of joy to people's busy lives," she said.