City's newest museum is more than meets the eye

The exhibition hall in Tsim Sha Tsui will feature 3-D paintings with a touch of Hong Kong culture

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 June, 2014, 4:06am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 June, 2014, 4:42am

Ever wondered what you would look like dangling from the top of the Bank of China building? Visitors will be able to see for themselves when the Hong Kong 3-D Museum opens next month.

The display of more than 10,000 square feet in the Hilton Tower, Tsim Sha Tsui, will house about 70 paintings that combine fantasy, reality, and a touch of silliness in a tribute to Hong Kong and Chinese culture through illusions.

The paintings are two-dimensional but optical illusions created by their painters make them appear three-dimensional.

Museum co-founder Zaccheus Law, 28, said yesterday: "We have so many tourists in Hong Kong, but there are not many tourist spots that show local culture. We wanted to do that."

By posing with the pictures, visitors will be able to look as though they are cheekily pulling pandas out of a painting or floating on the back of an origami swan with their lovers.

"I can't wait to see how people interact differently with each painting," co-founder Winston Lo said.

He said some of the scenes were inspired by cheeky holiday photographs that people took, pretending to push over the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy or squashing the Taj Mahal in India.

While 3-D paintings have appeared in Hong Kong at mall exhibitions in the past, this is the first time a museum dedicated to the craft will open in the city.

There are three similar museums in Asia - Trick Art in Tokyo, Japan, and Trickeye in Seoul, Korea, and Phuket, Thailand.

"We saw the 3-D art trend in Asia and wanted to bring it to Hong Kong," Lo, 28, said. Millions had already visited the other museums, he said.

The Hong Kong museum hired the team of mainly mainland artists who had created the works for the museum in Seoul.

Each work takes a month or two to create, and the co-founders, along with other partners, have invested more than HK$10 million in the museum, which will open on July 7. Entry costs HK$149 for adults and HK$100 for children and the elderly.