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The Grace of Ballerinas

Continuing our series, we examine and admire the art along the Kwun Tong Line. Even without training, art can mentally and emotionally transport you to a better place, helping you feel nostalgic, tranquil, blessed, happy, joyful and accepted.

There is no overlooking the larger-than-life-sized bronze sculptures Grace of Ballerinas in Choi Hung Station. Rotund ballerinas in tutus are rare sight. Look closely, and one notices their eyes are closed. This begs the question: What was Yin Zhixin thinking when he sculpted rotund ballerinas with their eyes closed?

Perhaps by making them large and plump, he removes the association of ballerinas being ultra-thin and superior to regular folks. This does have the effect of making the sculptures seem more human and approachable. With their eyes closed, these ballerinas appear to be indifferent to the opinions of others. Instead, three characters appear enthralled in music and dance and determined to revel in a moment free of critical judgment.

Clearly, Yin Zhixin has a sense of humour. He has adopted French artist Edgar Degas’ The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer sculpture and combined it with Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s penchant for voluptuous and voluminous people. By doing so, Yin has provided an oasis to harassed busy travellers willing to mentally immerse themselves in his creation. It’s just the thing needed in a busy MTR station.  

Text Martin Wray / Photos: Dave Chung