On Hollywood Road

Dragon Garden

Posted in Uncategorized by Alex Daye on March 5, 2010

I had the pleasure last night, along with several hundred (thousands?) others, of attending the opening at The Cat Street Gallery of an exhibition of artwork inspired by the Dragon Garden, which I, despite having published a Hong Kong guidebook, and despite the fact that it is the largest private park in Hong Kong, had never even heard of; from a casual survey of my fellow art lovers, I was not alone. Deep in the New Territories, the park was the brainchild of the late Dr. Lee lu Cheung of Sheung Wan. Despite the wish of the Doctor and his ancestors to open it to the Hong Kong public, and even though it is, in fact, a protected monument, The Dragon Garden still faces the same uncertain future that so many of Hong Kong’s landmarks do, with the government most recently refusing to pay for its upkeep. The group show primarily featured photographers, my favorite of which was Kacey Wong. A little bit Cindy Sherman, a little bit David Byrne, Wong is apparently quite active on the local art scene, with what looks like a delightfully campy exhibition up at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. It’s not often I walk away from a gallery opening with a purchase, but Wong’s big book of photos was irresistible, and at HKD500, a bargain. I heartily encourage all that can to visit the exhibition, and, of of course the garden as well.

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