Sept. 28, 2020
-- Once a cottage area, Tiu Keng Leng has transformed into a new town over the past century. Commuters can now learn more about this exciting story during their journeys at MTR Tiu Keng Leng Station through two new station artworks in the form of platform seats and a mural. The artworks visually depict the many changes that have shaped the development of modern-day Tiu Keng Leng over the years.
This artwork project is a collaboration by the Hong Kong Design Institute ("HKDI") and MTR Corporation in an initiative to rejuvenate Tiu Keng Leng Station which is in the neighbourhood of the institute. In addition to allowing participating HKDI students to unleash their creativity and their impression of the community where they have classes every day, these artworks also enrich passengers' journeys through the incorporation of local community elements into the station.
Six groups of HKDI students from different design programmes created artworks under the rejuvenation project. Among them, two creations were selected for display in the station based on their feasibility of actualisation.
The three platform seats, entitled "The Transformation"
, are located at the lower level platform of Tiu Keng Leng Station. They are inspired by different aspects of the area's built heritage, including early shelter houses, a squatter area and modern housing estates, ranging from 1960s to 2000s. Passengers can take a short rest on the seats, while appreciating the transformation of Tiu Keng Leng from the past to the present.
More than a wall decoration, the mural "Architectural Evolution", which is around 40 metres long, at the paid area concourse of the station evokes the arriving and departing passengers' memories of the evolution of the Tiu Keng Leng community over the past century.
Mr Andrew Mead, Chief Architect (ARBUK) of MTR Corporation, said the students presented their own interpretations of Tiu Keng Leng in a unique and interesting way, which truly integrated art into the community. "Their ideas and works greatly demonstrated their creative talents and professionalism. We are glad to display their creativity in the form of these real artworks inside the MTR network, adding a new aesthetic environment with valuable and historical community elements for the public to appreciate and learn more about local heritage. We look forward to presenting different facets about the local community to our passengers from time to time," added Mr Mead.
and "Architectural Evolution" are the latest station artworks under the "Art in MTR" programme. MTR Corporation has worked with local and international artists to integrate art pieces into more than 50 stations to enrich our minds. For more details on the station artworks under the "Art in MTR" programme, please visit www.artinmtr.com.hk