I've always been fond of the fantasy fiction paradigm of the doorway into another world, from CS Lewis's Magician's Nephew to Philip Pullman's Subtle Knife. Even the most prosaic opening could be a passage through the very fabric of our world!
Or, er, maybe I have just walked past these spots one time
too many ...
Over the past few years, I have been told variously that there are 8,000 / 10,000 / 15,000 registered French nationals in HK. Whatever the number, it is not insubstantial, if the frequency that I hear spoken French in the street (on HK Island, at least) is anything to go by. Many French people are here on 'expat contracts' with banks or other major French firms in the city. Others may need to be a little more resourceful to support themselves:
I wonder if there can be much demand for their services ...
Two stunning light installations by Simon Heijdens are on public display in Hong Kong and are well worth a look.
樹 (syu; tree) is a double art installation on either side of the entrance to Artistree art space in Taikoo Place. Two eight-metre-high trees are projected on the walls and 'sway' in the wind (of the air-con, maybe?); one loses a leaf every time a visitor walks past, small heaps of light leaves appearing on the floor nearby; the other houses a flock of starlings which fly back and forth between tree and adjacent wall. Visit after dark to appreciate them best.
花園(fa yuen; garden) is an interactive wall of weeds, one of six public artworks inside the new Tamar LegCo HQ (which can be visited); the weeds sway as you run your hand 'through' them, though our tour guide said that they 'broke' after an enthusiastic group of kids had a go. Just like real weeds then.
No self-respecting bone-setter's shop front is complete without a bit of osteopathic ornamentation to show passers-by that he knows his coccyx from his humeroradial joint.
Like the pub signs of yesteryear, these streetside skeletons can also serve as convenient waymarkers for when you are too plastered to be able to read building names, as testified by my friend whose building entrance is enhanced with this pleasant appendage from the adjoining shop: