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The comforting connection between nature and art

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.

The vaulted raw concrete ceiling and open light design of the concourse level of the Tung Chung MTR station provides an exceptional setting for eight huge suspended mosaic sculptures. It is tempting to call them mobiles, but they are too heavy to swing. The drab concrete backdrop and bright sunlight accentuates their varied colours. Six sculptures depict leaves, and two are stylized humans with what appear to be leaf-like wings.

All eight mosaics are framed with a steel pinwheel. The design hints at the circular connection between nature and people. The artist, Freeman Lau, has succeeded in both commercial design and pure art. He designed the Watson’s Water bottles, and his work is in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, not only as part of regularly exhibits, but also purchased for their permanent collection. I confess, I frequently pass through this station but seldom look up to admire the creations of this accomplished artist.

Text Martin Wray / Photos Dave Chung