“What is this world if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.” wrote the poet, W. H. Davies. This rings as true in the 21st century as it did in the 19th century. For how many commuters have stopped to admire the great works of art in our MTR stations?
While we like going to major art exhibitions and art galleries for a taste of culture, our impression of MTR stations is as places to hurry in and out quickly. People packed like sardines in the carriages then to be affronted with glaring lit-up advertising and harsh white lighting. Not a place to dawdle and admire artwork.
When art galleries are open to pre-appointments only and little to no art exibitions are held, art aficionados and doting parents alike can open their hearts and minds to the works of art in MTR stations. At Sai Ying Pun station near the Center Street or Island Crest exit is a 3D rendition of the district showing the daily life of neighbours along the escalators leading up to the Center Street wet market in painstaking detail.
Photo caption: Interacting with the MTR bas relief work “Inside, Outside”. Photo credits: Winnie Tse