When it comes to the street art scene, Hong Kong is not a name that is usually among the most talked about. In the ensuing years, mural art has ballooned in Hong Kong amid a growing scene with local and international artists and increasingly favourable attitudes towards art in the public, by the public. Murals spread across Hong Kong, with diverging degrees of style, quality and message.
2013 saw the launch of HKWalls, a street art festival that has helped ferment discussion about public art spaces in the city. The following year saw the Occupy movement and its accompanying flurry of creative expression in public spaces. The protests turned out to be a rife platform for the creation of street art, with students, activists and citizens leaving their marks on the city’s concrete and turning the streets into extraordinary art installations. Their visual messages and rebellions were catapulted into the world’s consciousness via the international media reporting on the protests. I always remind people to look up in Hong Kong. If we only pay attention to the street level, we’ll miss so many wonderful things. Here take a look at some of the pieces that brightening up Hong Kong walls.
As a newcomer to street art, HKwalls is a wonderful opportunity to get a better understanding of the local art scene and to exchange ideas and techniques with both Hong Kong based and international artists. The best thing about HKwalls is that it’s not exclusive to street and graffiti artists, but an opportunity to explore this form of art with people from other related fields. The immense energy of the event really provides a glimpse of the future of street art in Hong Kong and around the world.
You can find out more about Hong Kong street art by visiting hkwalls.org or just grab your camera and talk a wonder around Central Hong Kong and see what treats are lurking behind every corner!
艺术节从 2014 年开始在上环连续举办了两年，第一年只有 12 幅作品，第二年已经增加到 19 幅作品，一幅幅壁画留在大街小巷里，就像一个隐藏的露天画廊。活动不仅邀请本地艺术家参与，更找来不少商家借出自家墙壁，让艺术家在上面画画，这才完成一个有趣又合法的涂鸦艺术节。题材由艺术家自由发挥，有画人像的、有画风景的、也有人画李小龙。
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