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Art What!: Look Left Look Right – Historical Signage at Tai Kwun (Hong Kong)

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HONG KONG – With signage everywhere, from bathroom doors to shopping malls, one thinks about how important they are in our daily lives, in communicating a message to us in as simple and attractive a way as possible. With that in mind, Tai Kwun has announced a brand new exhibition, Look Left Look Right: Historical Signage, which runs from 24th June to 13th September.

Installation view of “Look Left Look Right: Historical Signage”

Upon decommissioning in 2006, a collection of historical signages has been left intact in the Declared Monuments. Over the century the compound was in active service, numerous signages have been applied, replaced and eventually removed, all of these do not only reflect the ever- changing functions of buildings, but also represent the aesthetics, craftsmanship and lifestyle in different eras.

The Cleaning Work

The programme traces the compound’s history by putting focus on a series of historical signages. Through displaying artefacts, visitors are encouraged to look at signages from perspectives including materials, language, font types and function. Former staff who have experiences in signage production, as well as experts in signage research and conservation, are engaged to interpret the topic. Visitors can also freely explore the existing signages using the exhibition map available on site.

Rear Gate

Look Left Look Right: Historical Signage runs from 24th June to 13th September 2020 at Tai Kwun, Parade Ground (Outside Visitor Centre). For more information, visit their website here

 

 

 

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