Art@Site Tai-Keung Kan Man in Nature

Tai-Keung Kan


Man in Nature

Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung
A joint initiative of the Hong Kong Housing Authority and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Tung Chung Artwalk is the first public art garden set in the midst of public estate buildings. The 26 artworks were selected in two phases from a total of 316 outstanding submissions. The first 16 on display since 2002 have been well received. In November 2006, another 10 distinguished creations joined the Artwalk, making it an even more fascinating experience to its visitors.
The public art installation project at Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung, was planned in two stages in line with the estate's construction schedule. The first stage, launched in 2000, saw artists invited to design 16 site-specific artworks for display on the estate, while 10 more artworks were selected in an open competition in the second stage conducted in 2003. These 26 artworks were installed in the rest areas, along corridors, walkways and staircases, amid plants and greenery and in other outdoor public spaces on the estate. Together, these installations line up to form an aesthetically beautiful and leisurely art walk and give Yat Tung a very special look that is unique among Hong Kong's public housing estates. Jointly organised by the Art Promotion Office of the Leisure & Cultural Services Department and the Housing Department.
Yat Tung Estate (Chinese: 逸東邨) is located in Tung Chung. It is divided into 'Yat Tung (I) Estate' (Chinese: 逸東(一)邨), completed in 2001 and comprising 13 blocks of Concord 1 and Harmony 1 types, and 'Yat Tung (II) Estate' (Chinese: 逸東(二)邨), completed in 2004 - 2005 and comprising 12 blocks of Harmony 1 and NCB types. Residents of Yat Tung Estate have appealed to the government to extend the Tung Chung Line to Yat Tung to ease their transportation problems. Yat Tung Estate currently has 40,000 residents. They claimed that when they moved in 11 years ago, the Housing Bureau's documents indicated a MTR station at the estate. The residents currently have to take a 10 minute bus journey to Tung Chung Station. The proposed Tung Chung West Station would be located adjacent to Yat Tung Estate. It is tentatively slated to open between 2020 and 2024.