16 hours, one stopover, and 27 sore muscles after boarding, we finally arrive in Hong Kong.
A train ride, and Baptiste, owner of L’Épicerie Fine Gallery, picks us up to take us to Wan Chai, a trendy district of Hong Kong Island where we organized an exhibition, the reason for our arrival in this futuristic city.
And exactly as I imagined, the first steps in this city are a slap in the face. We had landed straight into Ghost in the shell. Endless buildings, colours, giant screens everywhere in height: if you come to see the city – by that I mean the Megalopolis, the real one – you won’t be disappointed. Another striking detail is the richness that this city breathes. Prestigious signs in every shop window, and luxury cars everywhere in the streets. People are there to make Hong Kong dollars and show them off.
Before I came, Baptiste had struggled to find some walls to paint in the neighbourhood, and the first one to dare to let us paint was the gallery’s neighbour, Wendy.
Not having really thought about what to paint yet, and as a good DBZ fan (dragon ball Z, for the uneducated, Japanese manga inspired by an old Chinese legend), I think that making a traditional Chinese dragon with a Shenron head (the dragon in DBZ) could be fun. I tell Baptiste the idea, he’s hot. So is Wendy, the owner of the wall, whose eyes start to shine.
She obviously has no knowledge of Dragon Ball Z, but explains that the image of a dragon would bring them luck, and all sorts of cool stuff.
The choice was made.
The street artist and the locals
And then, for two days, the locals started bringing us water, soft drinks, then food, money (!), talking to us, talking to each other… the magic had happened. Strangers had not only been totally accepted in the daily life of the residents, but the fact of bringing colours on their walls too. But above all, neighbours who had never spoken to each other before got to know each other, thanks to a few cans of paint. And that was a sweet moment!
One last piece of street art in Hong Kong
There are 2 days left in Hong Kong, full of organised meals, but with some free time. There are some bombs left, enough to make a small piece. A few hours ahead of us, here we go.
At the end of the afternoon, the last piece is finished. It’s time for us to dismantle the exhibition, deliver the pieces, and prepare our bags for our next adventure: the Philippines. But that’s another story…
A huge thank you to Baptiste from the Épicerie Fine and his parents, to Ernie from the Stallery, to Wendy, Ricky, Christina, and their family, to the Blue House, to Tatiana for her support and patience, and to all those we forget for this incredible human adventure!
DRIP’IN is committed to publishing the “Happy Story” of each artist, the 3 most positive stories being determined by their number of favourites.
The winner will receive a free steel lithograph free of charge of his work, and the 2 following winners will receive a free museum-quality giclée print of their work.