Artists give 'never-before' seen views of Hong Kong as tourists
A group of 18 southeast Asian artists have created art pieces in remembrance of the Hong Kong they knew as tourists.
The 18 "Hong Kong Super Fans" artists from Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand were invited by the Tourism Board to share their works on social media showing the Hong Kong they love.
Apart from recalling visitors' memories amid a general reluctance to travel amid the pandemic, the board also hopes people can get to know the SAR's new attractions and will travel to Hong Kong once travel restrictions are lifted.
A number of artists had earlier been impressed after joining a West Kowloon virtual tour by the board of newly-opened art destinations such as M+ Museum and Hong Kong Palace Museum, as well as of traditional disciplines like the making of mahjong tiles and embroidered shoes.
Indonesian artist Abel Brata used around 500 Rubik's Cubes to create an art piece of Hong Kong's unique harbor landscape, while another artist, Thanh Hoang from Vietnam used 450 of the cubes to create a harbor landscape as seen at dusk.
Noel Lin from Singapore created a cake to show the Hong Kong she missed, using cream to capture the popular imagination of Victoria Harbour with local food cultures - yum cha and dim sum.
"I've recently attended the "Arts in Hong Kong" virtual tour and it really brings back memories of my trips to Hong Kong before the pandemic," Lin said on Instagram.
"So I decorated a cake based on the Hong Kong skyline, the new M+ and HK Palace museums from West Kowloon and yummy dim sum HK food elements that I missed!" she added.
Indonesian sand painting artist Vina Candrawati recreated classic scenes from the Return of the Condor Heroes aired by local broadcaster TVB in 1983, and another Hong Kong action romance film in 1990 - A Moment of Romance, both of which starred superstar Andy Lau Tak-wah.
"As a kid, I loved watching Return of the Condor Heroes stars Andy Lau and Idy Chan. That's what makes me love watching Hong Kong movies, as most of the scenes are set in Hong Kong," she said on Instagram.
"Therefore, since I was a child I dreamed of visiting Hong Kong to be able to meet actors, see the beauty of the city, enjoy its signature food and admire its art and culture. Someday, I want to visit Hong Kong to realize my dream as a child and experience new experiences in Hong Kong. I'm a Hong Kong Super Fan!" she added.
The board said these artists' works combined traditional cultures and the latest trendy attractions in Hong Kong. Through sharing their works on social media platforms, they have presented "a Hong Kong like never before" to fans.