For many years the Housing Authority (HA) has been engaging the community in developing works of art for its public housing properties. Today, such creative works have become an attractive feature of our estates.
By bringing art into public housing estates and blending it with the surroundings, our aim is to provide residents with the opportunity to experience and enjoy art within the comfort of their own neighbourhood. Public art also enhances the living environment and strengthens the sense of community among residents. This is exemplified by the Tung Chung ArtWalk at Yat Tung Estate.
Other artworks in our estates have involved collaboration among residents, students, local communities, art groups and our own staff. Two typical examples are the 128-metre long mural at Cheung Wang Estate and the painted stones in Sau Mau Ping South Estate.
Tung Chung Artwalk at Yat Tung Estate is the first public art garden established in a public housing estate, bringing art into the everyday life of residents while also adding attraction to the area.
A joint initiative of the Housing Authority and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Tung Chung Artwalk is home to a collection of 26 artworks by local artists who have drawn their inspiration from Tung Chung's natural landscape, local culture, historic relics, and the dynamics of its development from a fishing village to a vibrant new town.
The 26 artworks were selected in two phases from a total of 316 outstanding submissions from local artists. They were installed in Yat Tung Estate in 2002 and 2006 respectively. The Artwalk is open all year round. Come take a leisure stroll and enjoy these creations of local masters.
Other works of art worth visiting are the mural and stone paintings displayed in public housing estates such as Cheung Wang, Yau Tong and Sau Mau Ping South. Most of them have been created with the participation of the local community.
The giant mural at Cheung Wang Estate, Tsing Yi was unveiled in December 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of public housing development in Hong Kong.
With a length of 128 metres (m), it is the biggest ever mural produced in a public housing estate. It is the joint effort of 600 people including public housing residents, students, kaifongs in the neighbourhood, and housing staff. They have used rich colours and fascinating patterns to portray the different designs of public housing and their aspirations for green and sustainable living.
A 26 m by 4 m mural painting, titled "Let's Give Yau Tong a New Look", was unveiled in Yau Tong Estate in December 2006. It has emerged from a series of activities organised by the Housing Authority to promote community harmony and local participation in the public housing developments in the Yau Tong district.
The mural has blended in 25 winning designs of a competition held among students and residents in the district. The diverse subjects and styles speak of the participants' impression and expectation of the Yau Tong community.
The mural has been removed temporarily to give way for construction works. It will be reinstated, on a reduced scale, in the covered public space adjacent to Kwai Tong House of Yau Tong Estate. The site is due for completion by the end of 2012 while the mural, to be embedded in laminated glass, will measure approximately 7.2 m x 1.2 m.
Launched in 2010 to engage the local community in beautifying Sau Mau Ping South Estate, the Stone Painting project brought together more than 100 residents, students and artists to paint 20 indigenous boulders in the estate.
While secondary school students expressed their vision of an ideal living environment through colourful images on 12 stones, residents and young artists cooperated in painting another eight boulders along the theme of marine life and nature conservation.
The series of activities, comprising painting workshops, design competitions and on-site work, has not only stimulated the participants' interest in public art, but also boosted their sense of belonging. And of course, it has left the estate with a prettier living environment.