Today, PMQ officially celebrates the inauguration of “Hong Kong on Steps” – a unique art project and collection of paintings on 25 flights of stairs across PMQ. “Hong Kong on Steps” is a celebration of creativity and culture from local and overseas artists who have come together to paint beautifully imaginative scenes onto the steps of Hong Kong’s newest creative hub.
With chickens in vibrant colours, French artist CEET hopes to bring laughter and happiness to audiences around the world.
Victor Tsang, Executive Director of PMQ said: “As a landmark for creative industries in Hong Kong, PMQ is committed to providing a community platform for creativity. ‘Hong Kong on Steps’ is an unexpected delight for visitors, transforming monotonic boring stairs into canvases for public art. These captivating stair paintings engage guests from near and far in the local and multicultural creative experiences of Hong Kong and those waiting to be discovered at PMQ’s shops, cafes, exhibits and dining outlets.”
“Hong Kong on Steps” is the work of seven groups of talented artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and France. These include: Hong Kong mural artist and illustrator Bao Ho; Brainrental, a trio of designers who got their start at Hong Kong Polytechnic University; renowned Taiwanese street and mural artist Candy Bird; prolific international French artist CEET; Omni Art, Hong Kong’s first art group specialising in 3D floor paintings; multi-media artist and art critic Professor Lee Tae-ho from South Korea; and Japanese illustrator Pokke104.
Each individual artist or collective was tasked to create a stair painting inspired by the vibrant and diverse Hong Kong landscape. The paintings all exemplify familiar features of Hong Kong heritage, culture and environment, each through a different creative aesthetic and point of view – making “Hong Kong on Steps” a one-of-a-kind artistic exploration of the city.
To further celebrate this exciting new stair art project, tourists are also invited to take part in an exclusive shopping redemption programme. Any tourist can claim a coupon book with discounts on items from select retailers across the property. They can also redeem a special gift designed by a PMQ tenant simply by posting a photo of one of the stair art pieces to their own social media platforms using the hashtag #PMQHK.
Home to over 100 design business, PMQ is a platform for creative exploration, interaction and exchange, where talented designers mingle with business professionals and creative entrepreneurs. PMQ is raising the standards of creative design in Hong Kong and fostering new creative enterprises as they venture onto the local, regional and international stage. “Hong Kong on Steps” is one of PMQ’s first artistic residencies and a springboard for more creative and interactive programming at PMQ.
Tsang added: “With ‘Hong Kong on Steps’ we are bringing to life the craftsmanship, inspiration and artistry found across PMQ, where creative lifestyle experiences abound. An art project to fascinate and surprise, it elevates the values that PMQ holds most dear – design, creativity and innovation – one step at a time. We invite everyone to take in these magnificent paintings while enjoying a brisk, healthy walk and fresh air on PMQ’s historic flights of stairs.”