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Hong Kong Parks

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, and surprisingly one of the greenest. Famously carved out of "this barren rock" when the island was ceded to the British in 1841, Hong Kong now encompasses the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. While the incomparably breathtaking vista includes the magnificent harbour and gleaming skyscrapers jutting out of the hills, there is always a sweep of green to be seen. Creating little parks and gardens for residents amid the high-rises that characterise Hong Kong has always been a government priority. One of the most creative projects to date is the Quarry Bay Park. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department commissioned the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Public Art Hong Kong organisation to bring an innovative park furniture scheme to Quarry Bay park. Architect and artist Douglas Ho of the Hong Kong firm SLHO came up with Assembled Topology, modular seating made from recyclable EPDM (ethylene propylene diene Monomer, a type of synthetic rubber) and fibreglass. The inspiration came from vines - "The vines know no boundary, and when faced with obstacles, they will meander their way through, fusing their form with their surroundings, blending in harmoniously. The vine's collective form has no predetermined arrangement and therefore offers great flexibility in design. The assembled furniture, constructed of seventeen modular units, functions in ways similar to vines in nature, capable of embracing existing forms, regardless of its terrain and environment, forming a new fabric, connected with its surroundings." Ho's design is both pragmatic and sensational. The modular furniture can be both playground and park bench, proving that even a little patch of artificial green, when cleverly designed, can bring endless hours of pleasure and respite. Source: Public Art Hong Kong publicart.org.hk Text: Bambina Olivares Wise