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Public Art

United colours of Beijing

ANDC, a member of the ABS Crew, fills in details on a mural on Jingming Lu, near Jiantai Bridge. Photos: Laura Fitch

The capital's graffiti artists have come out of the shadows and are finding the city surprisingly welcoming, writes Laura Fitch.

Saturday, 27 October, 2012, 11:21pm

Hong Kong deserves better public art

The Golden Dragon sculpture at the junction of Leighton Road, Morrison Hill Road and Wong Nai Chung Road. Photo: Jonathan Wong

As announced in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's latest policy address, each of Hong Kong's 18 district councils is to receive HK$100 million for special building projects.

Since this includes public art projects, there is every reason to worry about how this money will be used. The city is hardly brimming with fantastic examples of public art. Quite the opposite, in fact.

26 Mar 2013 - 10:05am 1 comment

HK$1.2m goose has problem with bill

The Sham Tseng goose could be about to have its beak changed and its neck lengthened. Photo: May Tse

It's the height of a double-decker bus and certainly catches the eye, but the statue in Sham Tseng erected in honour of the roast goose dish that put it on the map has a problem.

It looks too much like a duck.

1 Feb 2013 - 4:09am

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

Graffiti a thought-provoking art form which is widely respected

While people deplore the arrest of Ai Weiwei, many mainlanders cannot speak out publicly against it.

Hong Kong's freedom of speech is deteriorating but our citizens can still express their support for the artist. Among all the voices, the graffiti designed by Chin Tangerine, the young female artist, speaks the loudest.

4 May 2011 - 12:00am

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop Thierry Guetta, Shepard Fairey, Banksy Director: Banksy

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

The can-do spirit

Street artist Prairie has one simple message for the people of Hong Kong: release. This tag can be found across town on walls, pillars, phone boxes and right under the nose of security cameras.

2 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Street shooters

Start From Zero

2 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

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.

20 Jun 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

Four years on, sculpture still just a notion

Erecting a piece of sculpture in the city centre can take as long as building an arts hub containing 15 venues and one museum, especially when approval is needed from numerous departments.

Concerns include safety issues, such as people getting their heads or fists stuck in the installation.

24 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Zevs

Zevs

Art Statements Gallery

Take a piece of canvas or metal, stencil a logo or brand motif onto it, along with dribbles of paint, slap a HK$100,000 price tag on it and hope someone buys it. Repeat 67 times.

21 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Off the wall

For Jose Parla, walls are more than enclosures or supporting structures - they're repositories of the memories of a city and its inhabitants.

17 May 2009 - 12:00am

Tag and release

Hong Kong has been 'bombed' by a group of Britain's foremost urban artists. It's 3am, the shops are closed and Causeway Bay is still - except for the rats. And the street artists.

23 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Question: What is your definition of success?

Kate Allen, 16, West Island School

25 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

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