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Lamma Mia

Public Art Project

Site specific installation + zine

In cooperation with Jess Lau

"Visible Wind: Burgees and Benches"

While surrounded by the sea in a geographical sense, Lamma Island can also find itself among a sea of flags at times. On Festive occasions, colourful burgees printed with auspicious texts are flown at the front of the Ting Hau Temple. Using the traditional burgee and blueprint, we created our own, printed with Chinese characters such as saifung (get under the sail) and jiulou (sculling), terms familiar to the islanders but new to city dwellers. The sea breeze is "seen" when the burgees flutter.

Using abandoned benches from Sok Kwu Wan Playground as frames, the artists outfitted them with narrow strips of marine timber commonly used by the fisherfolk and further decorated them with inset of shards and broken tiles picked up along the shores of the island. Feel the vibes of Lamma Island as you listen to the gentle lapping waves and read The South Lamma Slang Dictionary while resting on the bench.

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