31st December 2020 – (Hong Kong) The “Viva! River” public art project organised by the Art Promotion Office (APO) was launched today. Through showcasing local artwork along the Tuen Mun River, the public art project aims to bring art and vibrancy to the community of Tuen Mun.
Six local artist groups, including Adonian Chan, Kay Chan, Ken Lo, Ricci Wong, Cold Ears Factory (Eastman Cheng and Joey Leung) and La Belle Époque (Billie Ng and Mary Cheung), were invited for the project. By visiting different places and initiating dialogues with community groups in Tuen Mun, the participating artists were inspired by the history and culture of the district, as well as the stories of the residents. Six sets of artwork were created, including sculptures, urban furniture, knitted art and an interactive installation with music elements. This artwork series not only gives a new look to the riverside, but also stimulates the imagining of public spaces.
In addition to the public art project, a series of creative community events will be launched in phases along the Tuen Mun River, together with online videos for the public.
The APO also produced a 360-degree virtual reality video where the curatorial team guides the viewers through the site to introduce the six sets of artworks and design concepts.
“Viva! River” is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by the Art Promotion Office. Supporting organisations include the Tuen Mun District Council and the Tuen Mun District Office.
The six sets of artworks will be displayed in long-term at four locations along the Tuen Mun River.
In view of the COVID-19 epidemic, visitors are advised to keep social distancing. They are required to comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G), that the number of people in group gatherings should not be more than that as stipulated by the law. Visitors should wear masks at all times when being present in any public place in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Wearing of Mask) Regulation (Cap. 599I).