Wish You Well 祝君好
2020-2021
bronze, polaroids, ice, dual-channel colour videos
site-specific, size variable, 200 mins
location: Fountain & Greenhouse, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens 

 

Hi! Flora, Fauna 邂逅!市中森

Exhibition period: 16.1 – 30.6.2021
Organizer: Art Promotion Office
Curatorial Partner (Image Art) : Lumenvisum
Music Collaborator: Hong Kong New Music Ensemble

Wish You Well

‘Wish you Well’ derives from my beautiful encounter with the rainbow in the fountain. Since 1864, there has been a fountain in the centre of the park. It is named as ‘a hundred years of waterscape’ . When I first came across this expression. I find it funny yet melancholy, as it ironically echoes to a tale we used to believe—‘Hong Kong shall remain unchanged for 50 years’. As ‘a city of transient’—a doorway, a point in between (Abbas, 1997), the city longs for something that could be claimed as historical or permanent. Since 1864, the fountain has been redesigned and furnished for four times throughout the centuries. After all, a rainbow has always been there in the fountain. Here lies a rainbow for wishful thinkers, I thought. Amid the turmoil, make a wish seems to be a desperate action to me. 

祝君好  

他們說,香港五十年不變。
歷史說,這水景百年不變。
由1864至今,這公家花園的中央有一個噴水池。

作為香港最歷史悠久的公園,它見證一切過渡與變遷。由起初屬港督的私⼈花園到成為香港首個公家花園(Public Gardens),由殖⺠遺物「兵頭花園」演變成現在的香港動植物公園。今天, 這個公園將再一次被整修與重建,我們快將擁有一個真正屬於我們的公家花園? 


縱水池三次整修,但水景依舊,彩虹還在。若五十年不變是一個圖騰,百年不變是一個概念,至少還有雨後彩虹這種永恆不變的定律。

百年水景,這噴水池該升格為一所許願池。我給各人一個意想圖—這公園將擁有一座許願池;邀請各人於彩虹出現時投進願望,以眾人的意志建構這公家花園。當水池被投以願望,它便成了許願池。許願是絕望者卑微的意志,是樂天者神聖的儀式。

我以寶麗萊封存這屬個人亦是群體的意志,讓彩虹不會凋零。
 

 

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