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Journeys along the South Island

In this continuation of our serial, we examine how art is helping to create better neighbourhoods. Shared experiences draw a community together. The MTR is facilitating community by providing shared artistic space that reminds us of our common experiences.

Imagine the pride you would feel if your child contributed to artwork permanently exhibited at your local MTR station. That is the experience for the families of over eighty youngsters attending three schools near Lei Tung Station. Each of them contributed to the station’s two 10-metre-long, 3.5-metre-high murals titled Journeys along the South Island.

The Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation and artist Tse Ngan-sum came up with the concept and then recruited the schoolkids to cut out each element using traditional Chinese paper cutting techniques. Tse then digitized the collage so it could be printed on glass panels.

The murals provide pictorial maps of Aberdeen where the ordinary and extraordinary coexist. Dragon boats are chased by dragons, and a Chinese sea goddess is seen next to paper lanterns. The images invite exploration, and new discoveries are available with each viewing. 

Text Martin Wray / Photos Dave Chung