People's Daily's anti-American rant backfires as Chinese teen trashes ancient Egyptian temple

A Nanjing teenager scratched the words 'Ding Jinhao was here' in Chinese characters on a 35-century-old sculpture at the Temple of Luxor in Egypt. Photo: AP

A Nanjing teenager's act of vandalism - he scratched the words "Ding Jinhao was here" in Chinese characters on a 35-century-old sculpture - struck a raw nerve in a in a country so proud of its ancient civilisation. And, embarrassingly, it followed an astonishing attack by the Communist Party mouthpiece that labelled Americans untrustworthy and lacking in integrity.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am 2 comments

Microblog justice can be too harsh

A 15-year-old boy named Ding Jinhao scrawl on a 3,500-year-old Egyptian sculpture. Photo: SCMP Picture

Tourists have been scrawling their names on noteworthy objects since the dawn of travel. Young mainland boy Ding Jinhao was following the well-worn, but unlawful, practice years ago when he scratched characters into a 3,500-year-old pillar while visiting a temple in the Egyptian city of Luxor with his parents.

30 May 2013 - 2:56am 1 comment

Nanjing teenager exposed as perpetrator of Temple of Luxor graffiti attack

Graffiti reading 'Ding Jinhao was here' lies scratched into a piece of Egyptian artwork in the 3,500-year-old Temple of Luxor in Cairo.

A mainland tourist who defaced a sculpture at a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple has been identified as a teenager from Nanjing, his embarrassed parents confirmed yesterday.

He had written "Ding Jinhao was here" on the artwork some years ago during a visit to the Temple of Luxor, the parents said in an apologetic interview with Nanjing's Modern Express newspaper on Saturday.

28 May 2013 - 8:32am 36 comments

Banksy Slave Labour (Bunting Boy). London 2012 put up for auction

Banksy Slave Labour (Bunting Boy). London 2012 was removed from the wall of a discount store in Wood Green, north London. Photo: BBC

A mural by British graffiti artist Banksy has been put up for auction on a US website with a guide price of up to £450,000 (HK$5.4 million) after being removed from a building in north London.

The artwork of a barefoot boy using a sewing machine to stitch union flag bunting, apparently in a sweatshop, appeared on the exterior wall of a Poundland store in Wood Green in May.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:32am

Temporary cover shields graffiti by 'King of Kowloon' Tsang Tsou-choi

Temporary cover shields graffiti by 'King of Kowloon' Tsang Tsou-choi

A temporary structure has been installed to protect one of the remaining pieces of street art by late graffitist Tsang Tsou-choi, dubbed the "King of Kowloon".

5 Feb 2013 - 11:42am

King of Kowloon's graffiti art waits for salvation

Tsang Tsou-choi's calligraphy at the old Silver Theatre.

The Urban Renewal Authority has vowed to preserve what is one of the last street graffiti by the King of Kowloon before it can find it a proper home, which won't be until the end of this year.

30 Jan 2013 - 3:47am

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3 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Handover graffiti project questioned by street sleepers

Graffiti marks the handover anniversary in a Happy Valley subway. The project was rife with irony, using anti-establishment art to express pro-Beijing messages. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

In an unusual move, the Home Affairs Bureau has used an anti-establishment art form - graffiti - to promote pro-Beijing messages on the handover anniversary.

The graffiti was painted on a purpose-built wooden hoarding spanning the entire length of a Happy Valley subway.

30 Sep 2012 - 10:18am 2 comments

King of Kowloon's graffiti to appear in new M+ museum

"King of Kowloon" Tsang Tsou-choi's graffiti-covered wooden doors will be featured in the new M+ museum. Photo: Red Dog Studios

The late graffiti artist known as the "King of Kowloon" has finally won official recognition, with one of his works finding a permanent home in a public museum.

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has bought a pair of wooden doors bearing the celebrated calligraphy of Tsang Tsou-choi, a legendary figure who died in 2007.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:03pm

Street artist find new outlet for free speech

Street artist 9MRO, 21, spray-paints graffiti on a wall beside a railway line in Yangon. Graffiti is gaining popularity in Myanmar. Photo: Reuters

A television set with wings hovers on a wall in a murky Yangon side street.

"This was my first one," says Aung, 33, pointing proudly to an image he spray-painted last year to protest media censorship and now duplicated across Myanmar's commercial capital. "Media freedom is a big issue for me."

28 Aug 2012 - 3:49am

Wild and woolly

Don't be surprised if the 'Happy Man' statue at the entrance to Langham Place in Mong Kok is wearing a pair of colourful knitted trousers next time you visit. Knit graffiti artist Magda Sayeg is in town with her bag of woolly tricks.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:16pm

Unveiling an inspiring collection

New World Development invited more than 700 VIP guests to an inspiring art journey at the launch of its 66 Private Collectables book at luxurious new Mid-Levels residence The Signature.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Is a structure unauthorised or illegal? That is the question

One of the burning issues for the past few months has been the question of illegal structures on the buildings of some of our politicians. Some news stories describe them as illegal, others as unauthorised, while yet others appear to use the terms interchangeably.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cool and collected

It's almost impossible to escape KAWS' work these days. Whether it's the artist's clothing label Original Fake, album covers for Kanye West, the collectable toys, a new watch series or, of course, his artwork, KAWS has a restless urge to convey his message in as many mediums as possible.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am