Concrete blossoms

Life has been coming up roses for Michael De Feo - or flowers, anyway. The artist made his name in the 1990s by pasting thousands of prints of a solitary flower around the streets of New York, which quickly became part of the city's vast urban iconography.

Sunday, 20 June, 2010, 12:00am

Creating your identity

The Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme is organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. It encourages students to take their passion for the arts beyond the campus and into the wider community. The ambassadors will take part in a series of arts programmes during the school holidays.

25 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Protests that go up against the wall

In a winter marked by rallies and protests, young people unhappy with Hong Kong's government are taking to the streets in more ways than one.

In the past year, Hong Kong's street artists have left their mark with posters, stickers and stencil graffiti attacking some of the city's prominent politicians and business people.

21 Feb 2010 - 12:00am


Aspirations for a city with cleaner air

The Hong Kong government has been paying lip service to the problem of climate change. For example, it has designated only 18 government buildings for a carbon footprint study.

24 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

'If you arrest me you must charge the government'

Graffitist Joel Chung Yin-chai came out fighting yesterday as he faced possible prosecution for defacing calligraphy painted on a Kennedy Town wall by the late 'King of Kowloon', Tsang Tsou-choi.

If he was to be arrested, Chung said, so should government employees who covered up other work by Tsang over the years.

12 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Street controversy

A friend of the late 'King of Kowloon' reported to police that some of Tsang Tsou-choi's calligraphic graffiti in Kennedy Town had been vandalised. The report came after three sites in Kwun Tong were painted over last Wednesday.

8 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

local culture

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Who reported to the police that Tsang Tsou-choi's graffiti in Kennedy Town had been vandalised?

a. Tsang Tsou-choi

b. Lau Kin-wai

c. Joel Chung Yin-chai

d. Oscar Ho Hing-kay

8 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Misguided protest needs to be stopped

Each man kills the thing he loves. And so, since last weekend, Joel Chung Yin-chai, an artist and long-time advocate of his late friend Tsang Tsou-choi's street calligraphy, has gone on a rampage. He has painted over, removed or defaced at least five of Tsang's last remaining graffiti as an act of protest - against the government for not doing more to preserve them.

5 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Thursday Think Tank

1 Cold snap grips town as temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius ... Damn you, Al Gore, where's that global warming you promised?

2 Labelling law kills over 2,000 food items ... Supermarkets say it's affecting their Darwinian natural selection: survival of the trans-fattest

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

New York 'mural kings' leave their mark for a worthy cause

Tuesday isn't usually a night for big parties but that didn't stop Italian shoemaker Hogan from throwing one of the season's larger parties to toast a new Pacific Place store and raise some change for the Chi Heng Foundation.

5 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

This week's question: What single item would you bring if you were to start a new life of poverty under a bridge? Batteries and chargers are included

Benjamin Allen, 16, La Salle College

To live under a bridge deliberately would be an insult to the millions of homeless out there, so the only reason I would do so would be if I truly had lost everything.

29 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Police hunt for man who exposed graffiti

Police are looking for an expatriate man who, at about 7pm yesterday, cut down the cloth covering a Chanel logo painted on the facade of Chater House, Central, on July 13 by the French artist Zevs. The 31-year-old artist, whose real name is Christophe Schwarz, pleaded guilty on Wednesday last week to one count of criminal damage in connection with the logo.

21 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Artist held for 'liquidating' of Chanel logo

French graffiti artist Zevs - known for 'liquidating' famous logos by pouring paint over them - was arrested early yesterday after a Chanel logo appeared on the facade of a Central building in his style. He was one of three people arrested over the incident at Chater House at 3.30am.

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Art or ad? Artists decry public funds for LV show

A group of local artists yesterday gathered at the Hong Kong Museum of Art to protest against what they call a misuse of public funds and the venue's support of an exhibition that 'is more about advertising than art'.

The Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation exhibition features works by the likes of noted artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cao Fei.

28 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Reading through Seeing

Reading through Seeing

Ooi Botos Gallery

'What does it mean?' As viewers search for a message in the graffiti-like splashes, smears and swirls of Jose Parla's Westchester Plaza (below), they might be forgiven for asking this question. The fact he incorporates those words into his painting hints that finding a conclusive answer may not be possible.

26 May 2009 - 12:00am