The Blue House Cluster consists of three interconnected buildings: Blue House, Yellow House and Orange House, which were used as academy and timber yard. The Lingnan architecture style of the cluster is preserved during its revitalisation. Interested visitors may visit the Hong Kong House of Stories located in the Blue House and Yellow House, which showcases the history and architectural features of the Blue House Cluster.
It reminded Yao Cheuk Ni of the heartwarming scene of a family sitting together at dinner, sharing food and stories of the day. She laid a graphic dining table on the pavement of Queen’s Road East and Stone Nullah Lane, inviting passers-by to discover the friendly community.
The Old Wan Chai Market is located on the junction of Wan Chai Road and Queen’s Road East. It is a Grade III historic buildingwith architectural style influenced by the Bauhaus-style of Germany. This building was a pioneering style at the time of its construction. Only the building envelope and the front façade of the market are preserved after its reconstruction into a residential tower.
The historical Old Wan Chai Post Office, situated at the junction of Wan Chai Gap Road and Queen’s Road East, is the oldest surviving post office building in Hong Kong. It is a simple pitched-roof structure with attractive gable ends and mouldings, conveying an architectural style full of traditional Chinese characteristics.
The 66-storey Hopewell Centre is designed by Gordon Wu, the chairman of Hopewell Holdings Limited. It was the tallest building of Hong Kong and Asia in the 1980s. Apart from serving as the headquarter of Hopewell Holdings, it is also a landmark of Wan Chai offering a revolving restaurant, shopping mall, Chinese restaurant and food outlets.
On the pavement of the entrance of Lee Tung Avenue, Antoine Li painted historical elements of Hong Kong, such as the pawn shop sign, to bring back snippets of the city’s collective memory.
Lee Tung Street was home to a number of printing shops, and is best-known for printing wedding cards, hence was nicknamed by the locals as “Wedding Cards Street”. The street is now redeveloped into a residential area comprised of a shopping street.
Five local typography designers designed 5 sets of “fire station” in bilingual fonts on the red folding gates to represent Hong Kong’s unique characteristic where “East meets West” and to pay tribute to the firemen of Hong Kong.
Title: THE WALL OF A 1000 THOUGHTS
This references the physical act of painting the work, and the meditative aspect of that, as well as the engagement with the thoughts of all those who come by. The use of the recessive boxes (or Thought Catchers) are a visual representation of this process! It also considers the architectural surrounds and has several subtle locational references!