Calligraphy by the legendary 'King of Kowloon' may yet find its way into a permanent exhibition. The government has expressed a willingness to discuss offers by any artists or collectors to donate their works of art to the public. The government's interest follows Lau Kin-wai, a long-time friend of the late street calligrapher Tsang Tsou-choi, revealing he would like to donate all of the 40 Tsang pieces he owns, on the condition that they are properly exhibited. The works are currently stored in a small warehouse he rents. A spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said: 'We are happy to discuss donation proposals with any artists or collectors.' He said the department was also aware that Mr Lau, inspired by Tsang, had created a number of artworks of his own. 'Mr Lau has not mentioned to us his intention to donate his artworks to our museums,' he said. Mr Lau said he might contact the department's officials this week to raise the matter. 'I will give it a try, but I am not sure whether they will really do this.' He and several other artists yesterday staged a protest at the Star Ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui. They put up banners and collected signatures demanding the government preserve Tsang's work. On Wednesday, acting Secretary for Home Affairs Florence Hui Hiu-fai told the Legislative Council the government had been taking photographs of Tsang's graffiti instead of physically preserving them, as their poor condition made them difficult to protect. This angered some lawmakers and the arts community. A Tsang work is expected to fetch between HK$20,000 and HK$30,000 when it goes under the hammer at a Sotheby's auction tomorrow at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.