Architecture: Jockey Club Innovation Tower (Zaha Hadid)

Jockey Club Innovation Tower (designed by Zaha Hadid), view from the podium of the university’s campus

The visually stunning Jockey Club Innovation Tower (JCIT) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University was designed by renowned British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid (www.zaha-hadid.com) and was completed in 2014. The building is representative of Hadid’s bold architectural style and love of curves. The building hosts the university’s School of Design (www.sd.polyu.edu.hk); studying in such a futuristic and unique building must be inspiring for many of the school’s students.

View from the opposite side (from Block Z of the university campus)

In terms of its architecture and design, there are some things I love about the building and other things aspects I would question.

The Positives

Let’s start with the positives. The building has an intriguing, almost amorphous shape, created from curves, irregular angles, overhangs, leans, bends and creases. Its shape looks different depending on where you are viewing it from. Viewed from the northeast, it resembles the prow of a massive ship rising up from the water.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower (view from the northeast)

Viewed from the main campus podium to the southeast, it looks like a hillside that someone split open, revealing a cross-section of geological strata.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower (view from the southeast)

These are two satellite images taken from Google Earth. I had no idea the building was shaped like this—with two oblong sections joined together (note: the green color is scaffolding erected for renovations).

Jockey Club Innovation Tower: Image from Google Earth

Looking at the building from straight above, it looks like it could be a Star-Wars-style spaceship.

Image from Google Earth

Let’s see how it looks from other angles.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower (designed by Zaha Hadid)
Jockey Club Innovation Tower (designed by Zaha Hadid)
The building catching the late afternoon sun
Jockey Club Innovation Tower (designed by Zaha Hadid)
View from the north
Jockey Club Innovation Tower (designed by Zaha Hadid)
A pedestrian footbridge links the JCIT (and the main campus) to Block Z of the campus
Jockey Club Innovation Tower (designed by Zaha Hadid)
View from the campus podium
Jockey Club Innovation Tower (designed by Zaha Hadid)
This section is particularly ship-like
Jockey Club Innovation Tower (designed by Zaha Hadid)
Interior (looking down)

The Flaws

Although I love the way the building looks, in my opinion, it doesn’t fit in well with its surroundings, particularly the existing architecture of the campus. It is almost entirely boxed in by the chunky and blocky, reddish-brown buildings of the fortress-like university campus, which is itself boxed in by large highways and overpasses on all sides, with a huge highway-cloverleaf to the northwest (beyond which are two more large red brick buildings). When the building is viewed from a distance, all that brick, concrete and traffic makes it look small and out-of-place (and if you are not actually on campus, there are only a few places where you can get an unobstructed view of the building).

View from the north: highways and brick buildings (there are more brick buildings behind Innovation Tower)
Jockey Club Innovation Tower (designed by Zaha Hadid)
Innovation Tower (center) and Block Z (right)

Should Zaha Hadid’s design be criticized for what is essentially the brutally ugly design of the campus in which it resides? Probably not. It is difficult to think of anything except for a chunky, red brick building that would fit in with the existing buildings. Perhaps the problem lies with the university’s decision to build yet another complex of chunky, red brick buildings (called Block Z) to the northwest of Innovation Tower at the same time as Hadid’s project was under construction. This new block only served to obstruct views of Innovation Tower and further box it in.

Another problem with the design of the building is that if you are up close at ground level, some parts of the structure are not very inviting..

Jockey Club Innovation Tower: a less attractive view
 Jockey Club Innovation Tower: a less attractive view
Four years after completion, the exterior is starting to show stains.

It seems that when viewing the building, to fully appreciate it’s beauty, you need to find a Goldilocks vantage point—one that isn’t too far away and one that isn’t too close. .

Another flaw is that the interior is not particularly engaging. It is full of interesting angles, and the windows let in a lot of natural light, but the grey tile floors, plain off-white walls, relatively low ceilings and narrow passageways give some parts of the interior a utilitarian feel.

Corridor

For example, on one floor (see the photo below), a staircase occupies the center of the interior, making it the visual focal point, but there is nothing interesting about the staircase; it is just just a concrete staircase that extends straight down. The staircase also serves as a kind of light well for the floor below, but for a design feature that dominates two floors of the building, the staircase is not very attractive. It does create ‘space’, but it also removes space where people could actually congregate and forces them into narrow passageways on either side of the stairwell.

Staircase

Some of the rooms look spare, utilitarian and uninviting. This meeting room (see the photo below) shows one of the issues with having angled exteriors. They provide interesting shapes on the outside but can cause inconvenience for the actual users. For example, if you are fairly tall, you wouldn’t want to walk near the window.in this room.

Meeting room

In his overall-very-positive analysis of the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hakan Anay notes some of the problems with the interior:

JCIT is essentially based on floor plans. For each level, plan organization tries to address two apparently incompatible things: on the one hand, it tries to establish a spatial organization with reference to the programmatic requirements; on the other hand, it tries to fit itself into the confines of the outer shell, which was already there. As a result one can identify a number of dead-ends, cramped, leftover spaces, or spaces those do not exactly fit to their respective functions.

www.adjournal.net/articles/65/658.pdf

Since the building’s completion in 2014, the building has been frequently covered with scaffolding, which leads me to believe there may be issues with the exterior cladding and louvres. I wonder how the building will hold up to the ravages of time and weather (and I wouldn’t want to try cleaning the windows!).

Jockey Club Innovation Tower & Scaffolding

To sum up, I get the impression that the university wanted a visually striking showpiece and an example of cutting-edge architecture, and that is what they got. However, the architects and university planners could have done more to (1) integrate the design into the campus, (2) create a more attractive and inviting ground-level experience and (3) create a more vibrant and engaging interior.

Links

Photo Galleries

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Three Questions

  1. What do you think of the overall design of the building?
  2. How could the building be better integrated into the university’s campus?
  3. What changes can be made to the interior?

Art Challenge

Draw a building in a similar style.


photos & text by longzijun

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HKWALLS 2018 Part 2: Sheung Wan Street Art

Nong Pop’s street art mural for HKWalls 2018

Here is the second article on the HKWALLS street art festival held in May 2018. Part 1 (artjouer.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/hkwalls-2018-part-1-street-art-central-and-sai-ying-pun/) focused on the artworks in Central and Sai Yung Pun districts on Hong Kong Island; this article features those in Sheung Wan (which is located between the aforementioned districts).

The event was organized by HKWALLS (hkwalls.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of street art and culture in the community.

13. Artist: Jecks and Nong Pop (Thailand)

A pair of Thai artist’s created these complementary pieces, which share a street corner and a pink color scheme. In Nong Pop’s portrait, a young girl turns to stare at the viewer, the tiger just below her left shoulder reflecting her   fierce interior

Two complementary murals by Nong Pop; (left) and Jecks (right). The artwork was created for the HKWalls 2018 street art event.

In Jeck’s work, a cherubic figure with quiver of arrows on his back appears to be targeted by arrows. Though he lacks wings, he looks like he might be cupid, the Roman god of desire, erotic love and attraction. The crossed fingers behind his back suggest that he has been insincere in his matchmaking (which might explain the arrows being shot at him).

Portrait of cupid by Thai artist Jecks

Info:
Location: 2A Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan (BOOM ASIA)
Nong Pop’s website: nongpop55.wordpress.com
Jecks’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/jecks_bkk

14. Artist: Barlo (Italy)

Italian artist Barlo’s mural entitled The Pet of the Archaeologist (created for HKWalls 2018)

Barlo is an Italian artist based in Hong Kong. His paintings and street art tend to have a mythical and mysterious feel. In this striking artwork, entitled The Pet of the Archaeologist, it is not clear whether the creature depicted is a living animal, a porcelain figure or a biology specimen that has been cut into cross-sections.

Barlo’s mural:; The Pet of the Archaeologist

Info:
Location: Alley behind 18 Upper Station St.
Barlo’s website: hmrbarlo.com

15. Artist: WEST one & Megic (China)

Collaborative street art mural by Chinese artists WEST & Megic (featured at HKWalls 2018)

This collaborative effort by Chinese artists WEST one and Megic is captivating, but it is difficult to photograph (as it is a long artwork in a narrow alley). I love the way three different styles are used: the head of the dragon is painted in a realistic style (by Megic), while it’s body combines a classic Chinese ink landscape style with a futuristic, geometric street art style (by WEST one). The resulting piece could be a comment on Chinese culture—modern and moving forward but with strong roots in tradition.

Mural by artists WEST & Megic (detail view of the dragon’s head)
Detail view of the dragon’s body (It combines abstract geometric shapes with elements from traditional Chinese landscape painting)
Mural by Artists WEST & Megic (detail view)

Info:
Location:Alley behind Sai Street (back of A Side B Side)
WEST one’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/west.one.fs
Megic’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/megic4ever

16. Artist: Zlism (aka Zoie Lam, HK)

Colorful street art mural by Zlism (aka Zoie Lam) for HKWalls 2018

One can’t help but feel  more cheerful after passing by this lively brightly-colored mural of friendly, weirdly-shaped characters. This piece was painted by Zoie Lam, whose initials provide the ‘zl’ in Zlism

Zlism’s mural for HKWalls 2018
Mural by local artist Zlism (detail view)
Mural by Zlism (detail view)

Info:
Location: Rich View Terrace (side wall)
ZLISM’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/zlism
Interview with Zlism: thehoneycombers.com/hong-kong/zlism-interview-zoie-lam-art-illustration-fashion-design/

17. Artist: Neil Wang (HK)

Local artist Neil Wang’s art-deco-inspired street art for HK Walls 2018

The simple color scheme, floral decorations, clean lines and glamorous subject in this elegant and eye-catching portrait by freelance illustrator Neil Wang bring to mind Art Deco posters of the 1920s.

Mural by Neil Wang HK (detail view)

Info:
Location: 21 Square Street
Neil Wang’s website: www.neillhw.com

18. Artist: Riya Chandiramani (HK)

Part of Riya Chandiramani’s mural for HKWalls 2018

Riya Chandiramani’s artwork draws on Indian and Chinese visual motifs. The designs also include words which comment on psychology and society. For example, in the photo below, the design element starting at the bottom left contains the words ‘power’ and’status’ and in the next photo, the sun below the goldfish contains the word ‘peace’.

Mural by Hong Kong artist Riya Chandiramani (detail view)
Mural by Riya Chandiramani (detail view)

Info:
Location: 22-24 Tai Ping Shan St., Sheung Wan (CRAFTISSIMO)
Riya Chandiramani’s Website: www.riyachandiramani.com

19. Artists: Carol Mui & Rebecca T Lin (HK)

Local artists Carol Mui & Rebecca T Lin painted this cityscape of Hong Kong for HKWalls 2018

This artwork by a duo of muralists and graphic designers known as Creative Hustlers depicts the skyline of Hong Kong’s Central District as seen from the Mid-levels. The painting captures an interesting side of Hong Kong. Though the urban areas are densely populated concrete jungles, nature is never far away.

Mural by artists Carol Mui & Rebecca T Lin (detail view)
Mural by Carol Mui & Rebecca T Lin (detail view)
Joyce standing in front of a mural by Carol Mui & Rebecca T Lin

Info:
Location: Universal Building, 5-13 New St, Tai Ping Shan
Carol Mui’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/carolmuiii
Rebecca T Lin’s Website: www.rebeccatlin.com

20. Artists: Finu & Yunus (France/HK)

Collaborative work by artists: Finu & Yunus for HKWalls 2018

This is a collaboration between Finu, who is known for her black and white illustrations of creatures—in this case a stylized dragon with a blank, expressionless face reminiscent of No Face in Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away —and Yunus, who works with multimedia (often combining music, video, animation and live performance). In the following video from Yunus, you can see how the two elements—street art and multimedia—were combined:

Street art by Finu & Yunus (detail view)
Street art by Finu & Yunus (detail view)

Info:
Location: 4 Wa Lane (Mahka & La Cantoche)
Finu’s website: www.finu.me
Yunus’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HugoYunus

21. Artists: Remi Rough & Xenz (UK)

Collaborative street art mural by British artists: Remi Rough & Xenz (detail view)

In this mural, the large-scale abstract geometrical designs of Remi Rough and the more intimate nature illustrations of Xenz complement each other well.

Mural by artists Remi Rough (the abstract geometric shapes) & Xenz (the birds) created for HKWalls 2018

Info:
Location: Alley behind 43 Sai St., Sheung Wan
Remi Rough’s website: remirough.com
Xenz’s website: www.xenz.org

22. Artist: KS (HK)

Mural by Hong Kong artist KS for HKWalls 2018

For this mural on the walls of a café, local artist KS has created a food-themed portrait that is similar in style to the paintings in his Random is Beautiful series of portraits.

Food-themed mural by KS
Mural by Hong Kong artist KS

Info:
Location: 16 Upper Station Street (3rd Space)
KS’s website: the-ideo.org/ks

23. Artist: Bisco Smith (US)

Black and white mural by American artist Bisco Smith for HKWalls 2018

American artist Bisco Smith’s white brushstrokes on a black background are a kind of visual representation of freestyle rap lyrics. Before beginning a painting, he chooses an instrumental beat and then improvises brushstrokes to go along with it.

Info:
Location: Alley behind Sai Street
Bisco Smith’s website: biscosmith.com

24. Artist: DILK (UK)

Street art by British artist DILK for HKWalls 2018

Across the alley from Bisco Smith’s artwork is this colorful abstract piece by British artist DILK.

Mural by DILK (detail view)

Info:
Location: Back of 18 Upper Station Street (Parfumerie Tresor & 3rd Space)
DILK’s: www.dilk1.com

Three Works from HKWALLS 2015

Street art doesn’t last for too long, so a lot of the pieces painted the last time HKWALLS was held in the district of Sheung Wan have disappeared. Here are a few of the works that are still around.

Artist: XEVA (South Korea)

Korean artist XEVA’s dynamic street art mural of Bruce Lee (created for  HKWalls 2015)

This is a great mural of a local icon.

XEVA’s Bruce Lee Mural

Info:
XEVA’s website: www.xevasb.com

Artist: Hopare (France)

Street art portrait by French artist Hopare (created for HKWalls 2015): Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Hopare is known for his colorful paintings of faces overlaid with bold geometric lines and curves. I have briefly introduced this French artist in my article Color & Identity: Portraits by Hopare, Lita Cabellut, JM Robert, Gian Piero Gasparini, Iqi Qoror & Douglas Coupland

Mural by Hopare in Sheung Wan

Info:
Hopare’s website: www.hopare.com

Artist: Stern Rockwell

Mural by American artist Stern Rockwell for HKWalls 2015

Info:
Stern Rockwell’s website: www.sternrockwell.com


HK WALLS Part 1

HKWALLS 2018 Part: 1. If you haven’t seen the first part of this article already, do drop by and have a look: HKWALLS 2018 Part 1: Street Art (Central and Sai Ying Pun).

Hong Kong Street Art

Hong Kong Street Art is the the first article I wrote about local street art scene. It is on my personal blog and it covers the artwork you can find in different districts—from Hong Kong Island, to Kowloon to the New Territories.


Go Further

This section includes discussion questions, an art challenge and links to online photo galleries and websites.

Online Galleries

Higher resolution images (e.g. 2048 x 1365) can be viewed online at:

Websites

Three Questions

  1. Which works do you like best? Why do those ones appeal to you?
  2. What other words and messages can you find in Riya Chandiramani’s mural?
  3. How can events like HKWALLS benefit the local community?

Art Challenge

Sketch a wall near your home, school or office. Design an artwork that would go on the wall and add it to your sketch.

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HKWALLS 2018: Part 2 (Hong Kong)
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HKWALLS 2018 Part 1: Street Art (Central and Sai Ying Pun)

Dan Kitchener’s mural for HKWalls 2018

Here are some of the best artworks from HKWALLS 2018, an annual street art festival in Hong Kong. The event was organized by HKWALLS (hkwalls.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of street art and culture in the community. The event organizers matched property and business owners (who provided the walls) to local and overseas artists (who provided the talent). This year, the event took place in the adjacent districts of Central, Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun. Let’s look at twelve of the works (more works are in the article: HKWALLS 2018 Part 2: Sheung Wan Street Art)

1. Artist: Elsa Jean de Dieu (France/HK)

Detail view of Elsa Jean de Dieu’s portrait of a young man (painted for HKWalls 2018)

Originally from France, artist Elsa Jean de Dieu has been living in Hong Kong since 2008. Together with her team at her atelier—Elsa Jeandedieu Studio—she specializes in bespoke wall art, murals and furniture design.  Here she has created a striking portrait with a positive vibe.

Artist Elsa Jean de Dieu’s mural as seen from Hong Kong’s Mid-Levels escalator

In the past, Hong Kong’s street art scene was mainly an underground affair, with artists preferring to remain anonymous and working as secretly and quickly as possible to put up mainly tags (quickly scrawled signatures), throw-ups (larger-filled-in signatures), paste-ups (pre-printed art that is glued to the wall) and, if time and talent allowed, wildstyle (multi-colored 3D-style signatures). There simply weren’t that many pieces (the kind of work featured on this page).

Artist Elsa Jean de Dieu’s mural.

By matching up business and artists beforehand, HKWALLS gives street artists time and space to bring their visions to life. There are now a lot more eye-catching pieces around town. A lot of these have been done via the HKWALLS project, but many have been done independently, like this mural by Elsa Jean de Dieu outside the Uma Nota restaurant in Central.

HK Street Art: Mural by Elsa Jean de Dieu (Elsa Jeandedieu Studio) (2017) for Una Nota

Though not part of the HKWALLS project, this mural, along with works by other artists such as Vhils, Cyril Delettre, Matt Gondek and ONI, is a good example of how the street art scene in Hong Kong has evolved largely due to the festival’s influence.

Info:
Location: 21A Lyndhurst Terrace, Central (Lush Spa & Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics)
Artist’s website: www.elsajeandedieu.com
Interview: www.squarefoot.com.hk/home-blog/article/3278/interview-with-elsa-jean-de-dieu—a-mural-artist

2. Artist: Cinta Vidal (Spain)

Artist Cinta Vidal’s mural for HKWalls 2018

This attractive mural is by Cinta Vidal, an artist based just outside of Barcelona who specializes in paintings and murals of gravity-defying, jumbled-up living spaces. The buildings here, with their flaking grey exteriors, cables and profusion of air-conditioners seem to be inspired by Hong Kong’s older tenement buildings (known as ‘Tong Lau’), which can feel kind of gravity-defying and jumbled up even without an artistic re-interpretation.

Detail view

In an interview with Nathan Spoor, the artist describes how her paintings represent the disconnect between reality and perception:

With these un-gravity constructions, I want to show that we live in one world, but we live in it in very different ways – playing with everyday objects and spaces, placed in impossible ways to express that many times, the inner dimension of each one of us does not match the mental structures of those around us. The architectural spaces and day-to-day objects are part of a metaphor of how difficult it is to fit everything that shapes our daily space: our relationships, work, ambitions, and dreams.

hifructose.com/2015/04/24/exclusive-interview-cinta-vidal-agullo-discusses-her-paintings-of-inverted-architecture/
Detail view

HKWALLS’ video of Cinta Vidal:

Info:
Location: 52-56 Staunton St., Central (Stazione Novella & Happy Paradise)
Artist’s website: cintavidal.com

3. Artist: Dan Kitchener (aka DANK) (UK)

Mural by British artist Dan Kitchener at HKWalls 2018

This mural, tucked in a narrow alleyway, depicts what looks like a typical Hong Kong night scene—taxis, wet pavement and glowing neon signs. However, in Hong Kong the taxis are red. And the menacing-looking geisha-android lurking in a dark doorway at the bottom right of the mural is not a common sight.

Detail view. This menacing looking geisha appears at the bottom right of artist Dan Kitchener’s massive mural.

A lot of Dan Kitchener’s work is influenced by Japanese culture, but it is a vision of Japanese culture that has been filtered through the visual aesthetics of sci-fi works like the original Blade Runner movie and Ghost in the Shell anime, both of whose urban settings were based at least in part on Hong Kong.

Info:
Location: 45-53 Graham Street, Central (The Globe)
Artist’s website: www.dankitchener.com

4. Artist: Sheep (China)

Street art portrait of a girl blowing out a candle by an artist known as Sheep

Sheep Chen is an artist from Jiaxing in Zhejiang, China. This bright and colorful mural is a painting of girl blowing out a candle. Sheep’s stated aim in drawing the portrait is straightforward: he hopes to being joy and happiness to people. As you walk towards the work, which is high on the side of a building, it is partially blocked by trees, with the leaves providing a nice frame for the painting.

Sheep’s mural for HKWalls 2018

Info:
Location: 8 Wa In Fong E., Central (Natural Food & Beverages)
Artist’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sheep.chen.37

5. Artist: Alex Senna (Brazil)

Brazilian artist: Alex Senna’s pop-art portrait pained for HKWalls 2018

Brazilian artist Alex Senna creates large, minimalist black and white murals of people going about their daily lives. His style is influenced by comics and caricatures and his portraits have a retro feel to them. The narrow, vertical eyes of the woman in this portrait are a characteristic of his style. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the artist’s colorblindness, his works focus on shape and form rather than color.

Info:
Location: 18 Gough St., Central (NOC Coffee Co.)
Artist’s website: www.alexsenna.com.br

6. Artist: ONEQ (Japan)

ONEQ’s street art painting of a woman eating squid

ONEQ is a Japanese artist who creates stylized paintings of sexy and glamorous pin-up models. Pin-up art is mainly associated with posters of the 1940s and 1950s, but is still referenced nowadays in the retro/sultry style of artists such as Lana Del Ray and Dita Von Teese. In ONEQ’s portraits, the vampish style is dialed up a few notches—full red lips are extra fuller and extra red, wavy hair is extra wavy, high cheekbones are extra high, long fingers and nails are extra long, and curvy proportions are extra curvy. In an interview with Evan Senn, the artist states:

It feels fun simply to draw a curve of woman’s body. But, if I explain more… I still haven’t fully understood women deeply, though I am a woman myself. So, I am drawn to draw women, because women are a mystery to me, and still a part of me.

beautifulbizarre.net/2016/02/04/exclusive-interview-with-oneq

Info:
Location: 97 Hollywood Rd, Central (La Cabane Wine Cellar)
Artist’s blog: kotemufu.exblog.jp

7. Artists: 45 rpm & Voyder (UK)

British artists 45rpm & Voyder painted this aerosol-paint-wielding rat

45 rpm and Voyder are street artists based in Bristol. 45 rpm is known for his clean, cartoon-like style while Voyder alernates between realistic portraits and colorful wildstyle works.

45rpm & Voyder at HK Walls 2018

Info:
Location: Lok Hing Lane, Central
45 rpm’s website: www.thebearded45.co.uk
Voyder’s website: www.voyder.info

8. Artist: Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico)

Detail view of a street art depiction of a Qilin

Alexis Diaz is a Puerto Rican artist best known for his detailed murals of chimerical creatures. One of his paintings, for example, depicts a cross between an octopus and an elephant). The creatures are meticulously hand painted using tiny black brushstrokes. Most of the inhabitants of Alex Diaz’s painted menagerie are his own whimsical creations; however, this one—with its antlers, hooves and scaled body—is a chimerical creature from Chinese mythology: the Qilin, which is associated with luck, good omens, protection, prosperity, success, and longevity.

Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz’s Qllin mural
Alexis Diaz’s Qllin mural

Here is HKWALLS’ video of Alex Diaz:

Info:
Location: 120 Connaught Rd. W., Sai Ying Pun (CHI Residences 120)
Artist’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Alexis-Diaz-1452270151663226

9. Artist: Gus Eagleton (Australia)

Gus Eagleton explores Hong Kong life in this portrait for HKWalls 2018

Gus Eagleton is an Australian artist. His studio work is varied, but when creating street art, he normally focuses on portraits. These murals tend to feature one or two dominant colors (like the yellow and green in this painting) and often incorporate flowers or floral motifs.

Detail view of Gus Eagleton’s mural

The numbers and Chinese characters in this street art mural are based on real-estate ads. At present the average apartment cost in the territory is over 18 times the median income, pushing home ownership beyond the reach of the average person. Hong Kong is a fun and beautiful place, but for a lot of people here, the cost of living (particularly the exorbitant rents and mortgages) is an ever-present concern.

Detail view

Info:
Location: 12 Third St, Sai Wan
Artist’s website: www.guseagleton.com

10. Artist: Storm (Denmark)

Bird painted by British artist Storm (UK)

I like the way this painting adds a dash of color and nature to the street without drawing attention to itself. Aside from the red wingtips, the colors are muted and the bird’s brownish grey plumage blends in well with the surroundings.

Detail view

Info:
Location: 63 Third St, Sai Ying Pun (The Hideout Coffee House)

11. Artist: Bo Law (HK)

Bo Law’s mural for HKWalls 2018

This wall painting by local artist Bo Law is wildly imaginative. From a distance only the whale breaching the surface stands out, but when you move closer, you start to see erupting volcanoes. rocket ships, skyscrapers and all manner of creatures—a star-eyed genie floating out from someone’s broken head, a Godzilla-look-a-like wading across the harbor, an antlered creature slouching forlornly atop a building.

Hong Kong artist Bo Law’s mural
Detail view
Detail view
Detail view
Detail view

Info:
Location: Alley by 27-29 First St., Sai Ying Pun (Burger Joys)
Artist’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bolaw.410

12. Artist: Sik (China)

Detail view of a food and space-themed street art mural by Sik, an artist from China

Across the street from Bo Law’s wild mural is Chinese artist Sik’s nicely executed piece of an astronaut, hamburger and zero gravity.

Sik’s mural for HK Walls 2018

Info:
Location: Alley by 248 Queen’s Rd W, Sai Ying Pun


HK Walls 2018 Part 2

HKWALLS 2018 Part: 2. If you haven’t seen the second part of this article already, do drop by and have a look: HKWALLS 2018 Part 2: Sheung Wan Street Art. This article features the works in Sheung Wan

Hong Kong Street Art

Hong Kong Street Art is the the first article I wrote about local street art scene. It is on my personal blog and it covers the artwork you can find in different districts—from Hong Kong Island, to Kowloon to the New Territories.


Go Further

This section includes discussion questions, an art challenge and links to online photo galleries and websites.

Online Galleries

Higher resolution images (e.g. 2048 x 1365) can be viewed online at:

HKWALLS Website

Videos

FWTV – On The Road – HK WALLS – Behind the scenes of HONG KONG’s leading STREET ART FESTIVAL by FifthWallTv (features interviews with some of the artists)

HKWALLs 2018 by HK Walls (festival highlights)

Three Questions

  1. Which works do you like best? Why do those ones appeal to you?
  2. In this article, I’ve focused on the benefits of hooking up artists with businesses like restaurants, health food shops and cosmetics stores. What are the possible negative effects of this kind of sponsorship?
  3. In this festival, artists from overseas seemed to far outnumber local artists? Do you think more effort should be made to reach out to local artists or do you prefer the more international approach adopted by HKWALLS 2018?

Art Challenge

Sketch a wall near your home, school or office. Design an artwork that would go on the wall and add it to your sketch.

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