Waiting for the tram at a tram shelter in Wanchai and another in Taikoo Shing will no longer be a boring affair — at least for the next six months — as these tram stops were recently given a makeover to become part of Hong Kong’s first 3D art gallery
Hong Kong Hong Kong Tramways, Poad and Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADA) have launched a new phase of ARTram Shelters. Entering phase 4, this public art initiative extends its support to artists with disabilities, Frank Wong and Apple Tong, who created extraordinary 3D artworks inspired by Hong Kong cultural icons to enable a refreshing interactive art experience at tram shelters in Wanchai and Taikoo Shing.
Emmanuel Vivant, managing director of Hong Kong Tramways, explains, "Incorporating the concept of 3D art, phase 4 transforms tram shelters into Hong Kong's first outdoor 3D art gallery where people will not only visually appreciate, but also interact with the artworks and share their experiences with others. A celebration of the rich and vibrant culture of Hong Kong, the artworks also highlight tram shelters' important place in the city."
"We have always believed that arts are for everyone. This project sets the stage for the public to have greater access to the creations by artists with disabilities, helping promote a more inclusive society through art." says Janet Tam, executive director of ADA.
Wong's 'Taste of Street Food', which is displayed at tram shelter #43E Southorn Stadium in Wanchai, vividly portrays traditional Hong Kong street food that holds a special place in our culture. "By inviting Hong Kong people to rediscover our love for old-school snacks and food stalls, I hope to strengthen our cultural identity and sense of belonging," says Wong.
Depicting nostalgic candies and toys in a childlike style, Tong's 'Joyful Childhood', displayed at tram shelters at #87E Taikoo Shing, offers the opportunity to revisit our childhood with delightful artworks. "It is hugely exciting to see my artworks being displayed in the community. I encourage everyone to visit the tram shelters for a taste of 3D art as you are on-the-go," says Tong.
The artworks are on display till 30 November 2015.