Street Art in Hong Kong
Anyone either living in HK or having spent time in HK is going to realise that this is going to be a short article – in fact for a developed country – it is going to be woefully short.
For some reason, street art in HK is not very common or generally that good. When artists from overseas come to HK you will find the odd additional tag – but generally nothing of their normal standard.
Here is one from the British artist D-Face which was done whilst he was in the Island for a Banksy/Hurst show a few years ago. Click on his name for access to his site and to see why this is a singularly disappointing stencil for him.
The epicenter of the ‘allowed’ area for street art is the alleyway off Pottinger Street called Lok Hing Lane. It seems allowed here as the authorities don’t remove the work with any regularity.
Anyone who has walked past this lane in the last 3 to 4 years will have seen this chap from Monopoly (although he seems a little the worse for wear these days) and I am sure he was meant as a political comments when he was added.
And above the street name, high on the wall is the last remaining paste up from visiting Americans ASVP – washed out by the weather and not obvious to spot.
Occasionally more direct statements are made towards the Government in the form of street art – especially when Ai Wei Wei was incarcerated for trumped up charges.
Of course art as politics is frowned on in Hong Kong as much as it is on the PRC and so these disappeared as quickly as they appeared and the threat of 16 years incarceration was thrown about by the Government for anyone daring to question the party line in this way.
Generally however the level of art is reduced to occasional stickers and repetition of the same images.
So as someone who likes to document and capture the transience of street art, HK is singularly disappointing – so if any budding artists make the mistake of reading my drivel – please start to prove me wrong and bring some colour and comedy to our streets.