Public Art in Estates
For many years the Housing Authority (HA) has been engaging the community in developing works of art for its public housing properties. Community artwork programmes in our estates have involved collaboration among residents, students, local communities, art groups and our own staff. These creative works not only become attractive features of our estates, but also enhance the living environment and strengthen the sense of community among residents.
Located in a site which was formerly the Anderson Road Quarry, On Tai Estate was completed in 2018. There is an exhibit of an old machine component taken from the quarry. Also, an artwork named "My Dream Community" is placed at the entrance of the market in the estate. It is made of smaller artworks by students who participated in the Anderson Road Quarry Public Engagement. The base component of the artwork is an axis for a conveyer belt used at the former Anderson Road Quarry. The art piece symbolises the partnership between the HA and the community.
Po Heung Estate in Tai Po was completed in 2016. Community artwork featuring local landmarks and themes was displayed along a 24-hour pedestrian passage in the estate. It was a successful outcome of a community artwork programme in collaboration with the local community. Students of local schools were invited to create public artworks. Besides adding beautiful decoration to the neighbourhood, the programme let students show their talent and creativity while also enhancing their sense of belonging to the district.
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 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.
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.