KOWLOON BAY, Hong Kong
- April 19, 2020
-- A new station artwork featuring more than 30 historical photos and posters allows passengers to take a journey back in time to the old Kai Tak Airport as they pass though the adit near the Entrance/Exit A of MTR Kai Tak Station. Created by Canadian designer Mr Cliff Dunnaway, who is an expert on Hong Kong's aviation history, the artwork entitled "Memories of Kai Tak – 1925 – 1998" illustrates the history of Kai Tak Airport and how it connected Hong Kong to the world.
"Kai Tak Station is situated on part of the historic site of Kai Tak Airport, which played a vital role in the aviation development of Hong Kong. Although evidence of that history has been rendered mostly invisible by the comprehensive urban development, this artwork will preserve those precious memories of Kai Tak at the station, allowing us to pay tribute to the aviation history of Hong Kong," said Mr Andrew Mead, Chief Architect (ARBUK) of MTR Corporation.
"Kai Tak, as one of the world's greatest airports, is a fundamental part of the history and collective memory of Hong Kong. Although time and development may change a place beyond recognition, the location and naming of the new MTR Kai Tak Station provides an opportunity, through this display, to preserve the memory of Kai Tak Airport for MTR passengers and future generations on part of the actual ground where history was made," said Mr Cliff Dunnaway.
"Memories of Kai Tak – 1925 – 1998" is the latest station artwork under the "Art in MTR" programme. At present, a total of 87 station artworks are displayed in 52 stations. MTR Corporation invites local and international artists to incorporate art pieces into the fabric of the station architecture, providing an environment full of inspiration for commuters using the MTR network. For more details on the station artworks under the "Art in MTR" programme, please visit www.artinmtr.com.hk
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