Top 10 Hong Kong public art installations to view this month


With public art popping up all over the city during art month, we round up the best on view this April

1 Horse at Water

British sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green created this 16-foot tall sculpture of a horse quietly drinking that rests on the surface of a pool of water. Fiddian-Green took his inspiration from the beauty and grace often found in images of horses from the Han and Tang Dynasties. Via Fiori, One Island East, Westlands Rd, Taikoo Shing, Quarry Bay.

2 The Ada Project

The Ada Project by British sculptor Conrad Shawcross draws inspiration from robotics while also featuring four commissioned musical compositions. Shawcross’ idea
for the artwork stemmed from the legacy of Victorian mathematician Ada Lovelace, widely considered the world’s earliest computer programmer. The composers then wrote their pieces as a response to the rhythm of the robot’s choreography, as programmed by Shawcross. Mar 22-Apr 6, Lobby of The Peninsula, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui;  

SEE ALSO: Conrad Shawcross Interview – The Ada Project

3 King of Kowloon graffiti

Tsang Tso Choi, the self-proclaimed King of Kowloon, has had his works auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. His calligraphic graffiti in public places were not intended as artistic expressions, but rather to profess his authority over Kowloon, which he claims to be his family’s property by royal decree before it was ceded to Britain. Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier/Kwun Tong Road near Ping Shek Estate.

4 Gate of Wisdom
This abstract sculpture by Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming sits aptly outside the university library of CUHK, and marks the culmination of the artist’s famed Tai Chi series. In creating the series, Ju drew on tai chi philosophy, as well as the forces of the yin and yang cycle. Main Library, Chinese University Hong Kong, Sha Tin.

5 Yarn Bombing

This guerilla-style street knitting, dresses dull, grey streets with vibrant knit patterns. Fortunately, it doesn’t generate the negativity that graffiti attracts as it’s easily removed and tends to liven up a place with bright colours. Keep on the lookout for them before they’re stolen by knitwear enthusiasts. Pound Ln rails, Sheung Wan.

SEE ALSO: HK Profile: Esther Poon – Hong Kong’s yarn bomber

6 Invader

Invader claims his works of video game imagery formed by plastic tile pixels are representations of the digital age we live in. Look closely, for his work can be seen throughout the city. Various locations in Hong Kong inc top of the stairs by the Paterson Street tram stop, Causeway Bay;

SEE ALSO: Game On: An interview with street artist Invader

7 Tung Chung Art Walk
The Tung Chung Art Walk is Hong Kong’s first art installation in a public housing estate. Featuring works by local artists, the theme for sculptures at the Art Walk is based on Tung Chung’s past as a fishing village. The 26 works are integrated into living environments, in an aim to make art more accessible to people in Hong Kong. Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung.

8 Pillar of Shame
This concrete pillar on the grounds of the University of Hong Kong was initially erected in Victoria Park to mark the eighth anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. More recently, Galschiøt started the 2008 Colour Orange movement to coincide with the Beijing Olympic Games, hoping to draw attention to China’s violation of human rights. When Galschiøt and his staff tried to enter Hong Kong to assist with painting the pillar orange, however, they were denied. Haking Wong Podium, University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam.

9 Kneeling Figure

The outside of the Hong Kong Arts Centre – previously home to Colan Ho Ka-chiu’s comic character Tango and Freeman Lau’s Agenda No.1 – is currently displaying Kneeling Figure by American sculptor Joy Brown. Catch this pensive dude before he relocates at the end of the month. Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai;

10 HKwalls

This annual festival transforms the face of a neighbourhood with graffiti by local and international artists. This year’s festival will be held in Sham Shui Po. Co-founder of HKwalls Jason Dembski says HKwalls is a “people’s festival” and that Sham Shui Po embraces grassroots and entrepreneurial spirits, just like the festival does. Mar 21-27, Sheung Wan, Stanley and Sham Shui Po;

Charles Seymour-Lyttelton

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