The Hong Kong Island line was extended to the East at the end of 2014, with Sai Ying Pun station being the final one to be opened in March 2015. I have travelled there a few times and it is a very interesting MTR station.Not only do you have to take an escalator to reach the middle level, but you actually have to take a lift up to the street level. That’s how far down the station is.
There is a wonderful artwork depicting the neighbourhood – it is a painted bas relief created by Ms Louise Soloway Chan. Chan, originally from Britain who has lived in Hong Kong for over 20 years. Her artwork, 3D bass relief panels in Sai Ying Pun Station, bring together the past and present of a neighborhood where a congested, traditional wet market shares a wall with trendy Western-style cafeteria, both overflowing with the intense minutiae of daily life. The artwork shows different sights from Sai Ying Pun, for instance the escalator that has been built up to the High Street...the people shopping at the wet markets and little shops of the area...the day and day activities happening on the street of Sai Ying Pun....
西营盘铁路车站，是港岛线西延段最后一个通车的车站，以紫色做车站的主调颜色。西营盘站最大的卖点是富有当区特色的艺术品，是整个港铁网络中 “艺术气息最浓厚” 的车站。
MTR was an early advocate on behalf of public artworks in Hong Kong, with a decent budget to pay the artists. These projects are a terrific opportunity for artists to interact via their artwork with huge daily audiences. It's a great chance for an artist to show his work to all, reaching audiences beyond art-world circles. Most art pieces in the MTR would inspire people to spend a few minutes thinking about the city and the neighborhood they belong to. These artworks mirror the living culture of Hong Kong.
By giving local artists an opportunity to display their work in spaces through which millions of people, including a huge number of visitors from abroad, pass every day, the Hong Kong MTR has proved to be a platform for promoting local talent. Although most people do not step inside an MTR station because they want to check out the latest installation, few other exhibition spaces in the city can give an artist as much exposure.
Next time you are in the district, do pay a visit to this impressive artwork!
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