Description: In response to Hong Kong Arts Centre’s open invitation for community-driven public art, O&O Studio and REHyphenation proposed Siu Kai Fong. With support from Urban Renewal Fund, Siu Kai Fong was commissioned and installed in the vicinity of North Point Ferry Pier. It is a reflection of the neighbourhood’s daily usage of the causeway. Further, it captures the historic district’s personal narratives through repurposed furnishings gathered from North Point households and businesses for visitors to experience a piece of the past. Through extensive research, the team learned that users of the causeway bring household furniture to use and share, which became the basis for Siu Kai Fong. To start, the team reached out to the North Point community for donations and eventually received dozens of chairs and tables. Those with compelling histories were documented with oral narratives accessible via scanning QR codes embedded on each piece. The team’s eventual solution is a compilation resembling an outdoor urban living room complemented by painted ground graphics. The bright flooring is reminiscent of colourful heritage tiles and patterns commonly found in tenement buildings. Siu Kai Fong is not a finite installation. It made us realise the closeness of Hong Kong’s communities.
Company: O AND O STUDIO LIMITED
Award: Muse Design Awards (USA)