02 April 2018

Street Art... HK Walls

I've seen some really cool wall art around town during some jaunts with friends, but did not know that there is actually an annual street art festival (HK Walls) that's responsible for most of these.  Each spring a district is chosen to feature the artwork.  Here are a few of my favorites from this year's batch. I've included where each is located in case you ever find yourself wanting to do an art crawl and hunt for these.

1) This one was outside Burger Joys (LG/F, Tai Yik House, 27-29 First St, Sai Ying Pun).  The artist (Bo Law | Hong Kong) was still at work on this last Wed when my friend and I went, but was finished by Sat when we took the kids back.  So much detail in this one and the artist was carefully drawing each in with a paint marker!  Amazing work.

2) One of my favorites of the lot, hands down.  This one is by Gus Eagleton (Australia) and can be found on 12 Third Street (Sai Ying Pun).  Very "iconically" Hong Kong, this one --the man, the overlay of graffiti (of local "for rent" ads that one generally sees posted on walls around certain parts of town).  You could tell a lot of work went into this one, as opposed to a couple that we'd seen that were just meh.

3) My friend and I had missed this one on Wed, but my husband was a much better navigator and was able to find this one (La Cabane Wine Cellar - 97 Hollywood Road).  Artist:  ONEQ (Japan).

4) Another one of my favorites.  This one is by the side wall of Lush (21A-21B Lyndhurst Terrace, Central).  When we were there on Wed, the artist (Elsa Jean de Dieu | France/HK) was up sitting on the scaffolding working on the piece.  Though finished, the scaffolding was still up on Sat morning we were there with the kids. I love that the bubbles she incorporated into this piece ties in (a bit!) with what Lush sells (bath bombs, etc.).

5) The artists (Carol Mui and Rebecca T. Lin | HK) were still at work on this as of last Sat noon time.  I want to go back to the Naked Hub (Universal Building, 5-13 New St, Sheung Wan) for a look at the finished product just to see. I bet this one will be amazing once finished.

6)  This one by Dan Kitchener blew me away.  Just look at it... the colors, the details, the vibrance.  (The Globe - 45-53A Graham Street, Central)

7)  On a side wall of Stazione Novella (52-56 Staunton Street, Central).  I love how the art seems to just pop out at you.  Artist: Cinta Vidal | Spain

8)  Another one near Burger Joys (see #1 above).  I love how the artist (Sik1 | China) made his art relevant by tying the theme to a nearby business establishment.

9)  Alex Senna (Brazil) is the only artist in the group who has been commissioned to do two walls in this year's festival.  What an interesting choice for this low and very long wall!

We had a really fun day with the kids walking around Central, Sheung Wan, and Sai Ying Pun looking for different street art.  Kind of like a scavenger hunt.  I've included here only the ones that are part of HK Walls 2018, but there are quite a number of other wall art from previous festivals and/or from artists freely 'sharing' their art.

What do you think?


Erica Sta said...

I'm a great Fan of Keith Haring... I give courses in writing Graffiti Style...

NC Sue said...

Outstanding street art - amazing!!!
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Amy Franks said...

I love seeing street art, it brightens up the dullest corners of the city.

Tamar SB said...

These are AMAZING!

Jill Harrison said...

I love street art and seek them out when we travel. We have had an annual "street art" painting the last couple of years. These ones you have shared are fabulous. Thanks for the look and have a great week.

Lydia C. Lee said...

I love the man with the glasses over the ads - that's such a great one. Some people are so talented!

elizabeth said...

This artwork is amazing!

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