Once, Tamar site was the most expensive piece of land in Hong Kong. In the past, it was used to host some large scale events and performances. Nowadays, the Tamar Development Project, a new landmark on the waterfront, has been designed based on four concepts: Doors Always Open, Land Always Green, Sky Will Be Blue and People Will Be Connected.
The Tamar Development Project includes the new Government Headquarters, Legislative Council Complex and two elevated walkways. Adjacent to the Central Government Offices (CGO), the Tamar Park opened in 2011, was designed to provide an open space for the public to relax and to get away from the bustling city centre.
I found above information about the Tamar site post factum, so when we just stumbled upon a futuristic-looking building we had no idea what it was housing. Frankly, never in my life I would guess that it was a government building – it was more fitting for a corporation headquarters from some sci-fi movie.
The Public Art Project in the Tamar Park
Artwork commissioned under the Public Art Project – Tamar.
Scent of Spring by Mok Yat San and Man Fung Yi.
Stainless steel, brass and bronze.
The artists try to use scents to bring out the poetic sense of season. When the deep winter is over, butterflies are aroused from their slumber after absorbing energy from the rocks. The artists want to raise the public’s awareness of the significance of sustainability.
Photosynthesis in Motion by Zoie So, Phoebe So and Ryan So.
Stainless steel coated with styrene paint.
Magnified leaf/microscopic vision, moire illusion/ solid form static/dynamic: all these combine to create a unique spatial experience and artistic perceptions in-between opposites, inspiring appreciation for the details of the surrounding greenery and further nurturing green minds. Moreover, its wave-like form embodies the shape of a hammock, inviting visitors to take a rest and be reminded of their intimate connection with nature.
Soundscape by Steven Ho Chun Wang, Alvin Kung Yick Ho and Edmond Wong Chak Yuen.
Stainless steel and terrazzo.
Soundscape is inspired by the xylophone. The dynamic forms of the undulating steel tubes are shaped in tune with part of the national anthem of People’s Republic of China, which people can play the prelude by striking the percussion devices that make up the sculpture as they wander along the path. On the side, facing the lawn, Soundscape also acts as a piece of urban art furniture for visitors to rest on and enjoy the lawn.
Key to the City by Tai Sheung Shing Victor.
Stainless steel with enamel paint.
The people are the holders of the key. With it’s 3-tooth structure offering an analogy of the executive, the legislative and the judicial, the key resembles a red flower with green leaves. This key-flower lays down its roots in the city and its blossoming blesses Hong Kong with stability and prosperity.
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