KOWLOON BAY, Hong Kong
- March 20, 2020
-- Commuters at Wan Chai Station now find themselves immersed in images of the fascinating streetscapes of Wan Chai District enriched with choreographed balletic poses and expressions. Produced by a multimedia artist Mr Jevan Chowdhury from Britain, a series of large-scale panoramic station art pieces entitled "This is Wan Chai" has transformed the lower platform of the station bound for Kennedy Town into a ballet performance stage portraying lively local street scenes. The artwork brings people to visualise daily life through the graceful motion of more than 40 dancers from the Hong Kong Ballet and the members of the public in iconic Wan Chai locations.
Commissioned by MTR Corporation and jointly initiated with the Hong Kong Design Centre, "This is Wan Chai" was made in collaboration with the Hong Kong Ballet, Treacle Media, the UK's Department for International Trade and Conran + Partners. It is the latest station artwork under the "Art in MTR" programme. At present, a total of 86 artworks are displayed in 52 stations.
"The artwork showcases the uniqueness of Wan Chai in both kinetic and static ways. We hope this dynamic backdrop will touch the emotions of our daily commuters and bring smiles to their faces and energy as they travel through the station," said Mr Andrew Mead, Chief Architect (ARBUK) of MTR Corporation.
"We are thrilled to be part of this collaborative project that provides a ground-breaking experience for our passengers. The artwork transforms the experience of using the station and brings the character and energy of the Wan Chai District deep underground,"
Mr Mead added.