As part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hong Kong: Through The Looking Glass exhibition is currently making its debut in Singapore after successful tours across various cities in China and Japan.
Marvel at iconic locations of Hong Kong where miniature replicas of buildings and neighbourhoods tell not only the skills of the artists but the story and history of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong: Through the Looking Glass promises an immersion in the unique world of miniature art. Re-imagine Hong Kong on a different scale, where a Siew Mai is considered a giant. Experience the magic of 40 miniature sensations of old, new and beloved Hong Kong immortalised through precision, patience and passion of talented Hong Kong artists.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
The Cheung Chau Bun Festival is definitely the liveliest event on Cheung Chau Island and the most unique festival celebrated in Hong Kong. Athletes raced to the top of a 14-metre bamboo tower covered with lucky buns, collecting as many buns as possible to win. This traditional festival is still celebrated to date and a must-see attraction of Cheung Chau Island.
Bamboo theatres are temporary Chinese opera performance venues erected in villages, towns or football courts during festivals and celebrations such as Yue Lan Festival. The architecture represents a unique folk custom and construction skill.
For this exhibit, the artist has painted over 1,000 lightbulbs and handmade the large flower board to highlight the lively atmosphere and traditional craftsmanship.
Yue Man Square
The exhibit features the old days of Kwun Tong, an industrial heartland with its bright neon lights, busy traffic and neighbourhood shops.
Check out the mega superstar movie poster on the historic Bonds Theatre. In recent years, Kwun Tong has been revitalized into an exciting district where new is playing with the old. Inside its old industrial blocks, there are designers, musicians, entrepreneurs and artists, making this one of Hong Kong’s most creative districts.
“China Café” is the shooting location of many classic films in Hong Kong. The exhibit is so exquisite that the ceiling fans can turn and you can see the tiny strokes on the coins at the cashier counter.
Here’s a mini-challenge: Try to find Bruce Lee in this miniature model.
Handsome Man Tea House
Teahouses have appeared in Hong Kong since 1850s and are a popular place where locals hangout. Customers would bring their pet birds and hang the bird cages up on the window. Today, tea drinking is a quintessential Hong Kong experience and enjoyed in various forms, from traditional teahouses to modern tea rooms and even quirky tea bars.
The Blue House
Named for its eye-catching colour taken on during a renovation in the 1990s, the Blue House is a typical Lingnan-style house built in 1922 with wide balconies. The well-preserved architecture used to house a martial arts studio opened by the nephew of Huang Feihong’s disciple, Lin Shirong, whose descendants then converted it into a Chinese medical clinic.
A grade one historic building, the Blue House is now something of a living museum. This miniature re-created the details laboriously, including the wooden staircase with marks for collecting manure, the patterned floor and the tiny lock.
Tai O Heritage Hotel
The charming Tai O Heritage Hotel perches on a lush hillside overlooking Tai O fishing village. Converted from the colonial Tai O Police Station built in 1902, the building won an UNESCO Award of Merit for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The exhibit captures the mix of colonial architectural elements from the original building as well as the glass roof restaurant.
Today, the hotel operates as a non-profit social enterprise, promoting the unique traditions of Tai O and sustainable tourism.
Lee Tung Avenue
Lee Tung Avenue is a good example of Hong Kong’s unique East meets West character. Known for its european style buildings decorated with bright red lanterns hung high up above the streets, Lee Tung Avenue is one of the best places to chill out and shop in Hong Kong. The traditional lion dance and LED dragon dance parade also make an interesting contrast in this exhibit.
Hong Kong: Through the Looking Glass miniature exhibition
- 4 April 2022 (1 PM – 9 PM)
- 5 – 17 April 2022 (10 AM – 9 PM)
Venue: Suntec City East Atrium Level 1 & Level 3, #03-342 (near playground), 3 Temasek Boulevard , Singapore 038983
Complimentary “Arts in Hong Kong” colouring book to be given away at the exhibition. Visit here for more info.