hong kong: public art galleries

Welcome to my gallery of the amazing public art found in Hong Kong! There was so much to find, all over the streets, filled with awareness of powerful messages, greenery and pure happiness radiating through bold colors.

Hong Kong is a beautiful mix of a concrete jungle and a nature jungle with the two brilliantly complementing one another. With the presence of art, the city becomes even more alive.

 In my neighborhood, Wan Chai, I came across an Open Air Art Gallery on a footbridge above one of the major roads. Over 20 pillars painted beautifully with a variety of colors and shapes. The purpose of the initiative was to depict "50 Scenes of Wan Chai" past and present and bring beauty throughout the neighborhood. "500 volunteers compromising of young children, elderly and disabled participated in the coloring of the new artwork... to demonstrate the cohesiveness and harmony of the Wan Chai community."

In my neighborhood, Wan Chai, I came across an Open Air Art Gallery on a footbridge above one of the major roads. Over 20 pillars painted beautifully with a variety of colors and shapes. The purpose of the initiative was to depict "50 Scenes of Wan Chai" past and present and bring beauty throughout the neighborhood. "500 volunteers compromising of young children, elderly and disabled participated in the coloring of the new artwork... to demonstrate the cohesiveness and harmony of the Wan Chai community."

 My favorite kind of public art installation! Taking in the thoughts and words from people all over the world. Expressing vulnerability, cohesiveness and connection. Similar to Yoko Ono's Wishing Trees that I've seen in Rome and Copenhagen, this exhibit, "Bear in Mind" strings postcards together. I love reading and seeing different languages, some words, some drawings and feeling where that person was at at the time that they wrote it. There is something beautiful about anonymity and camaraderie as you can relate to someone through their words. 

My favorite kind of public art installation! Taking in the thoughts and words from people all over the world. Expressing vulnerability, cohesiveness and connection. Similar to Yoko Ono's Wishing Trees that I've seen in Rome and Copenhagen, this exhibit, "Bear in Mind" strings postcards together. I love reading and seeing different languages, some words, some drawings and feeling where that person was at at the time that they wrote it. There is something beautiful about anonymity and camaraderie as you can relate to someone through their words. 

 Also at the Hong Kong Museum of Art were these tree installations. Some even had a lean back bench sort of design! I was unable to find the meaning of this but anytime more greenery is added, the better!

Also at the Hong Kong Museum of Art were these tree installations. Some even had a lean back bench sort of design! I was unable to find the meaning of this but anytime more greenery is added, the better!

 I will let the words speak for themselves here: "Art is not art if it can not be understood like a world language." - Luis Chan

I will let the words speak for themselves here: "Art is not art if it can not be understood like a world language." - Luis Chan

1. I was sketching in my journal at this fountain when this group of students appeared doing the same thing! I felt so at home at Kowloon Park- especially this fountain. In Minneapolis, New York, London and San Francisco, I had my signature fountain/park spot to do my thinking. I didn't realize I've had that everywhere I've gone but it brought such warmth to my heart being here! The students were giggling and laughing as the fountain misted on them. Such joy. 

2. I went on a search for this bear as I saw it in some of my searches. I love how it pops between the buildings, especially next to the happy yellow building. To me, things like this bring such uniqueness and happiness to what could otherwise be more cookie-cutter.

3. Each night, Hong Kong tourism puts on a light show at 8 pm over the city and you watch from the pier across the way. Each night, it is put on with a different language and music. Hundreds of people are lined over-looking the water in anticipation and excitement before it begins. I loved the colors, warmth and energy felt through the lights!!! Plus, how cool to see the city move?!

4. This piece of metro art caught my eye with its two sayings: "what a wonderful world" and "nice to meet you." Also, there is so much going on but if you look closely, you can see a city within the tree trunk, animals in hearts on the trees, a complete blend.

Each of the above was seen approaching the metro. 

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