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Wander and Travel to…WORFU’s “MERRY-GO-ROUND” TO CELEBRATE THE BEAUTIFUL INTERTWINING OF PAST AND PRESENT

Endeavouring to bring more public art to people in North Point and create opportunities for the community to come together, WORFU is now launching “Merry-Go-Round”. The new exhibition is curated by Wong Ka Ying and brings in the participation of seven artists, who have collectively created an indoor playground of art where visitors to WORFU can step away from everyday life and experience a moment of fun and pleasure.

Named after the beloved childhood game, the “Merry-Go-Round” exhibition hopes to spark a dialogue between North Points residents, WORFU shoppers, visitors and locals, and all kinds of passers-by. A variety of art works make up the exhibition, including sculpture, site-specific installations, upcycled creations, and a number of imaginative pieces. All of these build on the concept that strong bonds can transform the relationship between old and new, and ensure that ideas of sharing and caring are passed through the community.

In her curatorial statement, Wong Ka Ying said, “Families are vital to the North Point’s transformation from old to new, young to mature. WORFU recognises the importance of the district’s family-unit, and is proud to present the community with an exciting new exhibition ‘Merry-Go-Round’ as North Point and WORFU celebrate the beautiful intertwining of past and present.”

“Merry-Go-Round” features the work of seven artists: Debe Sham, Cheung Tsz Hin and partner Lau Yin Kan, Milo Tse, Peggy Chan, Samson Cheung Choi Sang and Chu Yiu Wai.

Debe Sham is a sculptor and interdisciplinary artist known for her performative sculptures and site-specific installations, grown out of her artistic exploration of the role of public art. In “Merry-Go-Round”, she exhibits a piece entitled Rainbow Series II – seven metal sculptures in bright rainbow colours that evoke the playground and encourage adults to re-live their childhood memories.

Cheung Tsz Hin and Lau Yin Kan’s relationship has morphed over the years – beginning as roommates, the pair segued into friendship, and eventually into first-time collaborators. The two young artists have come together with their debut collaboration at “Merry-Go-Round” with Hut, which reflects on the past, present and future with connected maps and stationery.

Milo Tse is a writer for the Stand News but has always had a keen interest in fusing together her textual work with relational aesthetics and photography. Her contribution to “Merry-Go-Round” is entitled Oasis,a mixed medium project that showcases books and focuses on the relationship between trees, paper and the oasis of one’s soul. Visitors can take and add their own books.

Peggy Chan is a painter, video curator and photographer whose passion for photography has morphed into a particular appreciation for the medium of cyanotype – the traditional photographic printing process. Peggy brings to “Merry-Go-Round” the spectacular exhibit entitled The Shore Beyond – a kaleidoscope for visitors to try out, made from copper, iron, acrylic and mirror shards that takes its onlookers through a journey of new paths and even new lives.

Samson Cheung Choi Sang is an artist and professional photographer. Initially known for his experiments with performance, Sang’s recent work focuses on life balance. He brings Ping Pong to “Merry-Go-Round” – an upcycled wooden board that has been given a new life as a ping-pong table meant for kids and adults to play with together as they observe different sounds.

Chu Yiu Wai is a part-time lecturer at the Hong Kong Design Institute and HKU Space, Creative Director of A Stroke Design Limited and fishycraft, and an active member of local non-profit art group Project226. Often using performance to explore issues with new media, society and cultural taboos, for “Merry-Go-Round” he exhibits Break Together – an art installation with a special emphasis on its spectator, as it comes equipped with an electric current, where individuals can explore ideas of disbanding and organisation to learn from their past mistakes.

The “Merry-Go-Round” exhibition at WORFU comes under the WORFU Art Attack platform. Striving to promote public art in North Point and amplify the spirit of the community, WORFU Art Attack is driving art events and collaborations with creatives, pioneers and likeminded organisations, as well as supporting local initiatives to make public art accessible to all. Most recently under Art Attack, the “New North Point” exhibition invited four local artists to create works exploring the evolution of North Point.

North Point represents a story of evolution, where the old and new come together in one distinct neighbourhood. From its humble beginnings as a remote suburb area a century ago, North Point became an important industrial district; home to the power plant that would provide energy to Hong Kong Island for much of the 20th century. Today, North Point is a frontier of urban re-gentrification, with clusters of residential-cum-commercial buildings and unique cultural sites. 

Everyone in Hong Kong is invited to come and see “Merry-Go-Round” at WORFU, ongoing from now.

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