| Public Art Scheme of the Tsun Yip Street Playground |
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Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by the Art Promotion Office
Supporting Organisation : Energizing Kowloon East Office
"InPARK" (Industrial Park), also known as Tsun Yip Street Playground (TYSPG), with a total area of about 8,480m2, was built in 1973 serving mainly the workers in the Kwun Tong industrial area at the time. With the area transforming into a business area, improvements to TYSPG have been made to cater for the community needs.
The TYSPG Phase 1 improvement works were completed in September 2014. It has transformed part of TYSPG from an enclosed sitting-out area into an open-air gallery surrounded by greenery. It showcases how industrial culture elements can be integrated into urban design to improve public space. It accommodates the "The Spirit of Creation" exhibits and also demonstrates the creativity of adaptive reuse and design in a small public space. The Phase 2 improvement works covering the remaining part of TYSPG has converted it into a park with an industrial culture theme, providing a central lawn with landscape amenities, sitting-out areas, a stage and a multi-purpose area for performance and exhibition, etc.
The "Public Art Scheme of Tsun Yip Street Playground" was launched in September 2016 to select public artworks for the InPARK through an open call for proposals from local artists and art groups. Seven sets of public artworks under the "Public Art Scheme of Tsun Yip Street Playground" are installed to feature and pay tribute to the industrial culture of Kwun Tong.
Details of the Seven Artworks
Industrial theme: Clothing and Garments
Artists: Cordelia Tam Yeuk-lan, Matthew Tsang Man-fu, Connie Ho Sau-ling, Yuen Ying-sum and Sharifa Leung
Artwork title: Stitching Memories
Artwork material: Stainless Steel
This sewing machine with a vintage look is reminiscent of the days when many local women used their sewing skills to augment their stretched family budgets. The garment factories in the 1970s in Kwun Tong relied heavily on the skills and dedication of young female workers. The Stitching Memories is a token of gratitude to these women who spent their youth by the sewing machines, and honours their significant contribution to the success of Hong Kong's garment industry and the social and economic developments of the local community.
Female garment workers who worked in Kwun Tung have shared with us their memories of their working lives and their laborious work in interviews. Silhouettes of these women are captured as part of the public art display, and the monotonous steps involved in manufacturing clothings are woven into the lace patterns on the artwork as reminders of their diligence and spirit. Illuminated at night, the artwork tells their story in an almost cinematic setting.
The theme of "stitching" continues beyond this "sewing machine", as it should remind the local community of its garment manufacturing heritage and connects the former factory location with the new developments. This fusion of the old and the new underpins the deep emotional roots of Kwun Tong locals and invokes cherished memories of the golden days of Hong Kong's garment industry.
Industrial theme: Textile
Artists: Charmaine Tsang Suet-ming, Liane Cheung Tian-nan and Eric Ng Siu-cheong (EXP+)
Artwork title: The Fabric Green
Artwork material: Galvanised Mild Steel and Polypropylene Rope
As you walk under this installation, you can experience the four "core aspects" of the textile industry of Kwun Tong in its prime, namely spinning, weaving, dyeing and printing. The arrangement of threads in the installation captures and freezes the motion of spinning and weaving of textiles. When the sunlight penetrates through the patterned canopy, a simple but interactive space forms with shadows that tint and leave images onto the clothes of the visitors as well as the footpath. The installation is created using recyclable materials that form a "green" fabric to signify the current trend in the textile industry of "going green".
Industrial theme: Toys
Artist: James Law (James Law Cybertecture)
Artwork title: Giant Robot
Artwork material: Fiberglass
In Hong Kong, traditional industries are housed in multi-level factory buildings. Their conglomeration therefore forms a unique industrial landscape. But with the decline of industries since the 1980s in Hong Kong, the industrial estates have become stagnant. Our proposal is to use toys as the theme, with a familiar figure of a tin toy robot as our public art display. We hope to remind the local people the glorious days of our toy industry. The big iron man is 2.5 meters high, cast in fiberglass and treated for outdoor display. It is designed to look like part of its body is buried in the ground. So at that amenable level, it seems to be sharing a happy time with the people around it as they lean against it to read, rest, and chat. The earth-bound nature of the artwork allows for public interaction as people enjoy the public space.
Industrial theme: Plastics
Artists: Lau Mei-po and Yan Chin-wing (20180104)
Artwork title: Cam4 Kau4
Artwork material: Fiberglass and Galvanized Steel
Cam4 Kau4 are the syllables of the Cantonese words 沉球, meaning "sinking ball". They also form the pun for 尋求 – "in search of".
In the 1970s and 1980s, a rigid plastic ball with red and white strips, popularly referred to as the "watermelon ball", brought happiness to countless children in Hong Kong. The toy still causes people to reminisce about times when neighbourhood friends and families played together and formed long-lasting bonds, connections underpinned by mutual assistance, encouragement and care as well as an affinity for one's community.
Cam4 Kau4 is intended to remind people of the unique relationships that can form among members of a community and help them recall memories of togetherness. The shapes and materials of the "watermelon balls" have been transformed for this sculpture so that people can sit, lay and lean on them. The balls, which appear to be deflated and sinking into the earth, represent traditions and old memories that have been forgotten. Unlike the traditional public bench that only allows people to sit facing away from one another, Cam4 Kau4 forms a circle to shorten the distance between people and to symbolise fellowship. We want this installation to be a recreational space where people can relax and soothe their busy minds in this hectic community.
Industrial theme: Electronics
Artists: Eric Ng Siu-cheong, Liane Cheung Tian-nan and Charmaine Tsang Suet-ming (EXP+)
Artwork title: Message
Artwork material: LED Switch and Steel
Message is an interactive art installation that re-interprets the relationship between people and electronics using simple electronic switches. A push of a switch illuminates a single dot on the map of the Kwun Tong district. Together, these dots can form new messages in words or symbols, thus allowing people to create their own new meanings of Kwun Tong. The idea of the installation is to attract people to come to look, try their hands on creating new meanings, and re-interpret "messages" about Kwun Tong.
Industrial theme: Printing
Artists: Leung Yee-hang, Kwan Hoi-lun, Kwan Chun-sing and Wong Guan-nok
Artwork title: Printing Kwun Tong
Artwork material: Brushes, Metal and Plastic
During the 1960s and the 1970s, the printing industry saw a steady growth as a result of the packaging needs for exported goods. By the 1980s, the Kwun Tong District had become the hub of printing houses in Hong Kong.
This art installation resembles a giant printer which "prints", the silhouette of a participant in the standard CMYK colour model of offset printing.
When a participant stands in front of the installation, the device interacts with participant's likeness and movement, and translates into data composed of CMYK colour model – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. Positioned in the installation's grid are thousands of brushes, with each brush in a set representing one of the CMYK colours. A motor pushes or pulls the brushes towards or away from the installation's glass front, causing the brush tips to expand or contract to form dots of irregular sizes. When the sensor is not triggered, the installation displays predetermined images or other abstract patterns. The interactive installation allows for imagination, and gives "printing" a new meaning.
Industrial theme: Timepieces
Artists: Chris Cheung Hon-him, Jeff Wong and Joseph Chan (XCEED)
Artwork title: Resonance Aura V: Clockwork
Artwork material: Steel, Glasses and Motors
Arguably, time was relatively more important to people in the past. There used to be a giant bell that would chime in the high mountains to remind the villagers what the time was. The community followed a shared, daily routine based on the chimes of the bell. They started work, had lunch and rested following the alarm mechanics. This concurrent experience also connected each individual to a single, united society. This synchronicity seems lost nowadays. The busy pace of life today results in people feeling as if time is passing without them noticing. The lack of a shared experience means that the cohesion of our current society is rather weak.
"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." - Nikola Tesla
In the previous edition of the Resonance Aura series, the work explored this new perspective of time and space through the resonance of sound frequency and kinetic motion. Resonance Aura V takes this concept one step further. The mechanics of the work are more about encouraging the audience to focus and to share a moment in the park. The installation reconnects people and urges them to treasure the moment as a collective community. The sound performance is referencing previous studies on the healing quality of sound; and the composition resonates at a certain frequency that is said to enable people to reconnect with a consciousness inside the body.