If you cannot bring people to art galleries, then you bring the gallery to the people. That is what Harbour City is thinking. Other shopping malls may have hosted exhibits, but the Tsim Sha Tsui retail centre will now have a permanent art space, Gallery by the Harbour - with a balcony, no less - within its commercial environment (artistic impression above). 'In Hong Kong you have to go where the public goes - and that's the mall,' said Henrietta Tsui, managing director of Galerie Ora-Ora, which is co-presenting the shopping venue's first display, Abstraction of Consciousness. 'This will allow people to access art without the annoyance of buying a ticket.' (The last I checked, most galleries in Hollywood Road and in Wan Chai were free.) Anyway, the exhibit will feature the works of American sculptor Will Clift and painter Xu Maoping, of Shanghai, until September. Harbour City's assistant leasing manager Canis Lee said: 'A mall art gallery attracts a different audience, especially a mall like Harbour City, which has the distinct honour of being the largest in a city of mega-malls.' It is a noble idea, but we will see how long it lasts if Pacific Coffee decides it wants a shop in that part of the complex.