URA & Chinachem Group Jointly Present “An Art Journey into the Past and Present Urban Reinvention · Advance Beyond 25” Miniature Exhibition in Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) and Chinachem Group (CCG) jointly hosted the opening ceremony of the miniature exhibition, entitled “An Art Journey into the Past and Present Urban Reinvention · Advance Beyond 25” at Central Market today (1 June 2022). The exhibition is the first to showcase the miniature of the city development as part of the celebratory events.
Officiating at today’s opening ceremony were the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam; Chairman of the URA, Mr Chow Chung-kong; the Secretary for Development of the HKSAR, Mr Michael Wong; Managing Director of the URA, Ir Wai Chi-sing; and Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the CCG, Mr Donald Choi. Over 100 guests from cross sectors joined the ceremony to share the joy.
The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam said at the ceremony, “I am very happy to be in the Central Market again. From the opening of the Central Market in mid-August last year to May this year, 8 million people have visited the market in just nine months. We’ve already reached the goal of making the Central Market the place where everyone comes. We hope that through this miniature exhibition, we can attract more people to the Central Market and bring more joy to the visitors."
Mr Chow Chung-kong, Chairman of the URA, said, “The development of a city interweaves urban renewal. The exhibition represents the journey of our works on various fronts, namely redevelopment, rehabilitation, preservation and revitalisation. Through an innovative presentation, the artists deftly portrayed in their creations on the Government’s achievements in driving the city development over the past 25 years.”
Adding that, “Many of the artworks in the exhibition are related to the URA’s projects. I highly recommend the ‘Central Market’ miniature model, visitors are invited to travel back in time to the old Central under the lens of the photographer Mr Ho Fan, where we see the bustling Central dated back 60 to 70 years ago with hawkers peddling the merchandise on their shoulders and the silhouettes of women with babies on their backs in the carriers.”
Mr Choi of CCG said, “Our Group is committed to the promotion of arts and culture as a way to enhance and enrich the lives of the community. It is such a unique experience for us to be looking at these works of art while standing in this revitalised Grade-3 historic building. I hope everyone here can experience this manifestation of a ’Playground for All’, which both the URA and ourselves have strived to achieve. To make this event a truly inclusive one, we will also be holding guided tours and workshops for people with special needs, students, and elderly people living alone, the disabled, and ethnic minorities.”
The 100 miniature models feature the local characteristics and the urban landscapes in 18 districts, which tell the stories of the city’s history, culture, streetscapes, architectures, cuisines and human interests. One of the highlights is the “Victoria Harbour”, a 1:750 miniature model depicting 40 iconic architectures from Central to Wan Chai. The artist presents the magic with a pair of hands with extraordinary skills, alongside the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The iconic architectures feature some of the recent landmarks, including the Central Market revitalised by the URA, operated and managed by CCG; the newly opened Exhibition Centre Station on the MTR East Rail Line last month, as well as the metropolitan integrating the old and new cityscapes. In addition, the application of augmented reality, computerised engraving, and animation, with the incorporation of the interactive elements, brings the exhibits to life, providing the visitors an immersive experience to travel back in time, present and the future.
Amongst all exhibits, 25 miniature models make their first debut in Hong Kong. These include: “Pinwheels Stall at Wong Tai Sin Temple” with handmade pinwheels, “Sha Tin Dragon Boat Race” with all the festivities surrounding the occasion; “Lan Kwai Fong” representing the East meets West culture, and the new landmark for Chinese opera, “Xiqu Centre”. The entire collection of 100 miniature models forms part of the people’s collective memories of the city and will strike the chords in many visitors.
This exhibition is one of the official events organised to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. The exhibits will showcase in Tokyo and Seoul afterwards to promote Hong Kong’s culture and as part of the celebratory events of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.
Details of the Exhibition
Date: 2 June to 16 July 2022
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Venue: Event Space, 1/F, Central Market