A reason to explore the MTR

In this new serial, the art of the MTR system is featured, one line at a time. Within the Island Line, there are twenty-six permanent art installations at MTR stations. Some standout pieces worth stopping to admire include this one at Sai Ying Pun Station.      

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Louise Soloway Chan’s Inside, Outside installation in Sai Ying Pun Station is astonishingly accessible. The six painted bas-reliefs beg to be touched, although you really should not. Like Stella So’s work, this work depicts everyday life in Hong Kong, but here it is on an almost life-size scale. The unusual long perspective distorts reality while at the same time stirs curiosity. The people are recognisable; the fruit looks and feels real, which is unsurprising, as they were cast from real fruit. We see locals going about their everyday business while tourists snap pictures. People are depicted honestly, flaws and all. Notice the fat belly of the water delivery man and the buttock of the fishmonger. In one panel, we see noisy construction work, a constant reality of living in Hong Kong. Another is the aftermath of a typhoon. This artwork is beautiful, technically excellent, and extraordinarily creative, but more importantly, it is an authentic reminder to all who live in Hong Kong of the everyday experiences we share, and it provides reasons why so many of us love living here. 

Text: Martin Wray / Photos: Dave Chung