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Artworks selected from public art competitions on display

Models and sketches of 43 artwork proposals awarded in two public art open competitions organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will be on display at the Exhibition Gallery of Sha Tin Town Hall from tomorrow (May 29) to June 11.

The two art competitions are "New Face of Heritage - Installation of Public Artworks at Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung, Stage II" and "Public Art Scheme 2003/4".

The "New Face of Heritage", a partnership project of the LCSD and the Housing Department, looked for 10 3-D artworks to extend the public artwalk in the newly completed parts of the Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung. The first stage of the project, launched in 2001, commissioned 16 outdoor art pieces which formulated the first artwalk in public housing estate in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, the "Public Art Scheme 2003/04" is organised to invite site-specific public artwork proposals for the public space of three LCSD venues - the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Ma On Shan Public Library and Tai Po Public Library - so as to embellish the public environment. In the past few years, the "Public Art Scheme" has commissioned several artworks for community venues including Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Central Library, Yuen Long Theatre, Tuen Mun Public Library, Tseung Kwan O Public Library and Fanling Public Library.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition today (May 28), the Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Chung Ling-hoi, said that as an international city, public art in Hong Kong had been an important element in raising its quality of life and enhancing its metropolitan image.

He said the two public art competitions and production of artworks to be commissioned could not only raise the public's awareness of public art and enrich the experiences of artistic creation of local artists, but also bring art into the cultural venues, local community, and the whole city.

The two open competitions received a total of 191 and 77 proposals respectively. The entries were assessed with reference to their compliance with the competition requirements, conformity with the environment, creativity, artistic merit, feasibility and safety, cost of implementation, etc. As a result, 37 proposals were merited for the Yat Tung Estate and six for the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Ma On Shan Public Library which will be opened soon. However, no selection was made for the Tai Po Public Library and no short-listed proposal was chosen for one location at Yat Tung Estate. Some of the proposals will have the opportunity to be commissioned for production.

The Sha Tin Town Hall is located at 1 Yuen Wo Road, Shatin and the Exhibition Gallery opens from 10am to 8pm daily. Admission into the Exhibition Gallery is free.

For enquiries, please contact the Public Art Team of the Art Promotion Office (APO) on 3101 2739/2521 3008. For details, please visit APO's website at .

Ends/Friday, May 28, 2004
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