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Orange Flower World

In this continuation of our serial, we examine how art promotes community, encourages art appreciation, and reminds people of their common shared experiences. These purposes are not core to the business of operating the MTR train system in Hong Kong, but the art on the Island Line does provide intrinsic value to the passenger experience.  

Orange Flower World links flowers with existential questions. The flowing shapes, proliferation of circles and the bright orange colour are reminiscent of Aztec art. Emily Cheng’s stated goal for this mural is to “renew the spirit of passers-by, stimulate their imagination and calm their souls.” She does this with symbolism. The global assortment of intertwined flowers represents a multitude of interconnected nations. The balanced, concentric circles and squares, known as mandalas, typically symbolize the universe and are tools to assist with meditation. Ms Cheng asserts these mandalas are inspired by Tin Hau and Tam Kung Temples. The mandalas identify this is spiritual art, and as such require that the observer contemplate the meanings it stimulates.