“I believe in chance, things happening for a reason and a balance. The tension between different objects, between ourselves and nature, between people, emotions and feelings; these can all be described in a drawing with simple lines. I try to achieve a balance between the figurative and the abstract.”
– Carne Griffiths
60 x 80 cm
Giclée on archival paper
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The Youth Outreach climbing wall, first attempted by Shida and TwoOne of Melbourne this summer, was repainted by Cyrcle with the Australian’s blessing. The wall itself can only be painted in harnesses with abseiling equipment as there is no platform for scaffolding.
After a day of training, Cyrcle was able to begin the second round for the biggest public wall on Hong Kong island. Dangling 14 stories in the air with a bag full of spray is not an easy task. Big props to Shida, TwoOne, and Cyrcle for pioneering a new method of mural making. It might not be the easiest way to do it, but it’s definitely a good story to tell.
“Rise Above” was the appropriate theme used for the Youth Outreach wall. It depicts a boy in a hot air balloon ascending towards the sky. Youth Outreach is an organization aiming to help children get off the streets and away from drugs and crime. Above Second and Cyrcle donated the mural to the center in the hopes of inspiring the youth of Hong Kong to rise above the challenges they face everyday.
After the success of the “Work in Progress” exhibition with Swire Properties, Above Second brought VHILS back for another commission project. Urban Bakery opened November 1st on the 3rd floor of Landmark boasting a mural by the famous Portuguese street artist. The artist was brought to Hong Kong to create his first permanent installation in the city — a Carpe Diem-themed Hong Kong-inspired mural made with his signature drill-and-chisel technique.
Over the course of 4 days, VHILS and his two assistants designed, drilled, and chiseled the prepared wall. The inspiration came from the days he spent in Hong Kong, what he saw and experienced in the multi-layered city – from its skyline to its ambience. He is interested in the relationship between people and their cities. In this piece he is exploring the unique interplay of Hong Kong and the people who live here. A city is defined by the people who live in it, but at the same time the people are strongly influenced by the city they live in. The text Carpe Diem is written in as an expression of the vibrancy and energy of Hong Kong.
illustrations by skullboy Copyright 2013
Join us at Socialito on Wyndham Street every Saturday starting September 28th for the Saturday Block pARTy! Food and drink specials, live art from some of your favorite local artists, and a killer DJ set are sure to recall the vibes of your favorite Brooklyn Block.
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Twoone and Shida are on their final day working on the 16 story climbing wall at Youth Outreach in Sai Wan Ho. Who needs cherry pickers anyway? Braving heat, heights, and numbing limbs, the Aussies have almost completed one of the largest public murals in Hong Kong with nothing but rock climbing gear and a tote bag full of Ironlak. After day one learning the gear, they’ve spent the past three days painting while dangling above the Hong Kong streets. The mural should be complete by this weekend…go check it out! Big thanks to the team at Youth Outreach and to Twoone and Shida for their enthusiasm!