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Integration

In this continuation of our serial, we examine the comforting connection between nature and art. We are fortunate to live in a place where great art surrounds us. All it takes is a willingness to slow down and look up.

Danny Lee Chin-fai is a poet-philosopher. The consistent theme of his sculptures is the calming influence of nature. He intends to offer respite from our hectic pace by creating a poetic sight in a public space. Lee’s subjects are typically mundane objects like raindrops, seeds or trees, but viewed with the eyes of an artist.

Integration was installed in Nam Cheong Station in 2007 to commemorate the new arrangement for the MTR to operate the former Kowloon-Canton Railway lines. Lee compares Integration with the growth of Hong Kong’s railway network to that of a tree. “From a tiny sapling, it has branched out continuously to provide fruitful benefits to the community.” 

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.

So begins Joyce Kilmer’s poem Trees. Integration is a poetic representation of a tree. The trunk is an ebony black stone pillar cut with thin copper lines that represent branches. The leaves are depicted with polished stainless steel and copper teardrops. The workmanship is exquisite in a way that invites you to try and find a non-existent flaw. Integration is a masterpiece done by an artist at his peak, and to the thousands that pass under its polished leaves every day, it is free to behold.

Text Martin Wray / Photos Dave Chung