Cycle UP!
An Artistic Renaissance

27.11.2019 – 31.3.2020

Nina Mall 1

"Wish to be – Renaissance of used lights" Upcycled Art Exhibition

The exhibition is curated by accomplished architect and artist Dr CHAN Lai Kiu. She has co-created the exhibition with 12 local artists and produced 9 sets of art pieces which preserve the inherent shape or form of recyclable material while turning it into thoughtful works of art. Each work centres around a mind-touching and thought-provoking theme, creating probing questions that stimulate careful consideration from viewers. 

Details of "Wish to be – Renaissance of Used Lights" Upcycled Art Exhibition
Location: Shop 201, 2/F, Nina Mall 1,
                8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan
Exhibition period: From now on to 31 March 2020
Opening hours: 11am - 3pm & 4pm - 8pm
Exhibition tours: Monday – Friday, 5pm;
                           Saturday, Sunday & Public holidays, 12pm & 4pm

"Wish to be – Renaissance of used lights" Upcycled Art Exhibition is temporarily closed until further notice. This is a precautionary measure for contingency purposes to safeguard the health and safety of our guests and staff members in light of the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation in Hong Kong. We are sorry for the inconvenience.


Harmony with diversity

Collaborating Illustrator: Man Bunn

Wood, Used Light Bulbs, Digital Printing on Art-paper

Unlike other board games, Chinese Chequers is not won by capturing others’ pieces. Instead, the players have to keep their full team of pieces to reach the destination and despite being in competition, can assist other players by being their stepping stones.

With used light bulbs of different shapes created for different functions as the pieces, this giant Chinese Chequers board expresses harmony with diversity, along with the hope that people can respect others from different backgrounds and beliefs, and live peacefully together.

As insignificant as the hair of a sheep

Collaborating Poets: Fan Sin Piu, Leung Lee Chi, Tsang Kam Yin

Wood, Used Light Bulbs, Old Desk Lamps

In the process of creating upcycled art with used light bulbs, I challenge myself, “How can I make better use of the inherent shape of light bulbs?” The white colour and curly tubes of energy-saving bulbs remind me of the hairs of a woolly sheep. It also echoes how minute and insignificant one is in a sea of people. But no matter how tiny we are, there is always a role for each of us to play, like the hairs bringing warmth to sheep or lamps lighting up our lives.

A set of three sheep here symbolises “He(she), you and me”. Poets of different generations are invited to create writings for these more literal pieces so as to expand people’s imagination and bring back the fun of words in a world flooded with visuals.

Man, Mankind

Collaborating Artist: Au Ping Nam

Used Light Bulbs, Wire

Though ants are very small, they can move objects much larger and heavier than themselves by co-operating with each other. Humans, on the other hand, tend to focus on their own interests and in consequence, are destroying their own living environment. Unless we are ready to sacrifice our individual interests and convenience for the benefit of mankind and remember our success relies very much on our concerted effort as a social species, we may become extinct one day by making the earth unsuitable for our living.

Nothing goes with you, not even a piece of string

Collaborating Lyricist: Cheng Kok Kong

UV Lighting, Thread

This song, “Why” by Cheng Kok Kwong, sounds most relevant in the current status of Hong Kong. The song asks, “why are people fighting each other and happiness disappearing?” “Why are there gaps between people…..?” While I am growing old, the lyric resonates very much with me, in particular, the sentence, “we cannot carry away even a piece of string”. I hope this work will make us rethink the meaning of life and the causes of unhappiness.


Collaborating Image Artist: Hugo Poon

Metal, Used Light Tubes, Digital Printing on Film

This work is inspired by the works of my friend, Hugo Poon. Despite over 30 million people visiting his album in Flickr, Hugo is so humble and never calls himself a photographer or asks for any remuneration for using his photos. Over the years, he has taken thousands of photos recording the transformation of Hong Kong

In the series, “Encounter”, he captures the neglected and yet special moments of people bumping into each other in their daily life. If we paid attention to these episodes or people we encounter, our lives could be very much enriched.

Best Seasons

Collaborating Fashion Designer: Lo Sing Chin

Abandoned Bedsheets and Staff Uniform from L’hotel

Breeze in the Summer.
And snow in the Winter,
Flowers in the Spring
And moon in the Fall,
Anytime without worries,
Is the best season for all.

This poem reminds us that throughout all seasons, there is something for us to appreciate and our mood depends very much on ourselves. On the themes of flowers, moon, breeze and snow, two pieces of upcycled artworks have been created. I created four giant pieces of embroidery using obsolete compact discs as sequins, used light bulbs as beads, and crystals from discarded chandeliers, while fashion designer, Lo Shing Chin designed four items of apparel with old bedsheets, uniforms and denim.

The Fire Sermon

Collaborating New Media Artist: Ellen Pau

Old Chandelier from L’hotel Group, Vintage Television, Video

I never expected to meet my old classmate Ellen at her workplace, the radiology lab in Queen Mary Hospital, after surgery to remove my kidney tumour this year. Since our schooldays, Ellen has always been adventurous. I am not surprised to learn that she was a pioneer in multimedia art well before videos become popular and she has co-founded Videotage, the very first media art platform in Hong Kong.

In this early work of hers – a video diary on her birthday – she symbolises the beginning of a new life and the passing of an old life with candles. Being someone who has suffered from cancer, I was deeply moved by her work. Candlelight in different religions expresses the temporal and fragile nature of human life.

Life Journey

Collaborating Movie Production Designer: Bill Liu
Collaborating Designer: Xavier Tsang

Wood, Old Chandelier from L’hotel Group, Discarded Materials 

Doors separate the known from the unknown. As a symbol of hope, a light bulb provides us with a handle to open up a journey of life, which includes ups and downs, the easy and the rough, the rewarding and the disappointing. Whatever that journey comprises, we believe, the experience is more important than the destination. As the very end of this journey, what will one reflect?

This art installation is co-created by me and Bill. Both working on different forms of visual arts for years, we decided to forget about our old visual tricks and let people experience an unusual journey of life with their other senses.


Collaborating Installation Artist: Kenny Wong

Used Light Tubes from Nina Tower, Sound Receiver, Wire

Obsolete external lights on building facades were collected and enlivened into this art installation. It captures the voices of visitors and preserves them within the installation as a visualisation of light. The work values each other’s voices and our hopes that people can listen to each other. In the light of hope, we believe, appreciations of diversity from different people will create a better future.