Beneath their humorous repartee lies a strong basis of mutual trust. The two Chans have collaborated closely in the past few years for the Nina Park project, which is set to open at end of 2023. Q, the curator and architect of the fossil garden, remarks, “We need an expert like him to curate a museum-quality exhibition. The Park is our co-creation.”
The pursuit of beauty and aesthetics has played a crucial role in shaping this edutainment destination. Q elaborates on her design concept, stating:
"As an architect, I value both art and science. I regard the Nina Park as a semi-art museum and intend to present science in a visually appealing way. What is art? Art has the power to touch people’s hearts."
With this vision in mind, the duo has decided not to overwhelm visitors with excessive information. “Our goal is to spark interest and arouse curiosity,” explains Q, jesting that this approach is akin to how “entertainer” Prof Chan wins his students’ hearts.
Looking forward to the Park’s opening, the two co-creators firmly believe that people from all walks of life and of all ages will find their own ways
to enjoy it. Prof Chan sets his sights even higher, saying, “Nina Park can serve as a nurturing ground for scientific research. It can also consider developing supplementary teaching materials for schools.” Q, on the other hand, hopes that visitors would be inspired by the theme of “time” – learning from the past, seizing the moment, planning for the future.
Photo: Tsuen Wan Promenade