Tai Kwun Neon Connection

Date & Time

Coming soon

Location

Tai Kwun Lane

Price

Free of charge

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A new neon installation will blink into public view soon.

Designed by YARD Architecture Studio, the public artwork Memoir in Neon was selected by an expert panel as the winning entry among an impressive field of submissions from Hong Kong artists, designers and architects who took part in the open call Tai Kwun Neon Connection.

Inspired by the overwhelming public response to Tai Kwun’s summer exhibition Vital Signs, the challenge of Tai Kwun Neon Connection was to use the medium of neon light to create a large-scale public art work which links and activates the Tai Kwun Lane - the main pedestrian artery connecting the vibrant and welcoming Parade Ground with the peaceful and introspective Prison Yard.

Mapping the 55 metres and 59 steps of Tai Kwun Lane into three distinct zones, Memoir in Neon was conceived and designed by the Hong Kong creative team of Kenneth Wong and Kei Ngan – founding partners of YARD Architecture Studio. Memoir in Neon leads the visitor through an imagined streetscape of 19th and 20th Century Hong Kong by celebrating some distinctly Hong Kong visual motifs such as local made red plastic chairs and lampshades, concertina shopfront grilles, local designed ubiquitous red-white-blue canvas bags and Victorian Italianate archways and treating them to minimalist repetition and interpreting them in the visual language neon light tubes. The realization of YARD’s ambitious artistic concept relies heavily on the deep experience and artistry of revered Hong Kong neon masters, including Ellen Man and Chung Kin Pui, whose knowhow, accumulated through several decades of making neon advertising and signage in the commercial sector, now inspire and enable a new generation of Hong Kong talent to extend their creative practice into the medium of neon.

By downloading the free Bloomberg Connects app visitors can let the artists Kenneth and Kei guide them through the artwork as it links the Parade Ground and the Prison Yard – the two cherished oases in the heart of hectic Central.


Biography

YARD Architecture Studio

YARD Architecture Studio is a young and professional design firm based in Hong Kong. Founded by two post-80s local licensed architects, Kenneth Wong and Kei Ngan. Drawing from their diverse working experiences in Switzerland, Japan, and the Big Bay Area since 2010, they have developed an understanding of different design philosophies and construction techniques. They have undertaken a wide range of projects, from small-scale art installations to large-scale commercial architecture and residential developments. This rich background allows them to infuse their projects with a unique blend of international influences and local sensibilities.

Their vision goes beyond mere functionality, aiming to reinvent spaces and create meaningful and engaging experiences for users. They prioritize the harmonious relationship between people, the built environment, and nature. Their approach involves a storytelling approach that leverages form, detail, texture, material, and graphic design to deliver brand narratives or messages to the community. The studio deeply cares about the environment and the community, striving for good design in every project, regardless of scale. They dedicate themselves to obsessive attention to proportion, details, materials, and illustration in order to create extraordinary spatial experiences and foster meaningful conversations between human beings, nature, and the community.

Some of their projects include the Richfield in Kam Sheung Road station, a local outdoor retail street with the use of container, and the vegan restaurant Be with Years in Whampoa. Also, the studio's dedication and creativity were recognized when their design, "Upcyclescape" won first prize in the Design Competition for Transformation at Sensory Garden at Kwun Tong Promenade, which will get built in 2025.