HK Walls 2016: An Easter Hunt
Egg Hunting every Easter has painted a vivid part of my childhood. I remember being hyped up to search for the candy-filled nuggets that the grown-ups have hidden. It was a child's play. As I grew older, I learned that it was the hunt itself that made it priceless and not just the endgame. The thrill of the search is probably one of the things I would always keep close to heart.
A Creative Version Of An Easter Hunt
Ending my three-day art fiasco with a mural hunt at HK Walls 2016, set in the district of Sham Shui Po. Easter Sunday was a rather spontaneous decision to roam around the streets — searching for art murals and live paintings in the corners, spaces and walls tucked in the nooks and crannies of the city. It strangely feels like Sheung Wan all over again, only this time I was able to witness some of the action and it was a major kick ass.
This year's HK Walls Street Art Festival was one of the things I've been anticipating ever since I heard about its schedule and lineup. It was a lucky coincidence that it was happening the week I was traveling here in Hong Kong, and in no way was I going to miss out on such an epic event despite my sister bailing out on me.
PAOLA DELFIN (2 SHEK KIP MEI STREET)
CARATOES (243 LAI CHI KOK ROAD)
I found out about HK Walls when Jeline and I ventured into Sheung Wan last year. There, we accidentally stumbled upon alleyways filled with murals while searching for the galleries we wanted to visit. When I was doing my research and looking up the artists whose works we've come across, I hit the wall with this organization which annually rounds up both local and international artists for an epic street art festival.
This was where I discovered Caratoes, EXLD and Egg Fiasco and started to follow their works and developed a great admiration for them. Never have I imagined that I would actually be able to meet them in person a year later. Seeing them in action reignited my silly dream of becoming a mural artist someday, just like the legend, Robert Wyland.
RYCK (98 NAM CHEONG STREET)
EGG FIASCO (PO LEUNG KUK SIU CHING MANSION | 201-207 YU CHAU STREET)
My first stop was EXLD and Egg Fiasco who were both in the middle of an action, painting shutters along Yu Chau Street. The vibrancy of their works is striking and I couldn't believe I was standing there in front of them, seeing the process of their work.
Hearing them speak in our native tongue gave me the courage to approach them, and soon I was able to strike up a conversation with these Filipino artists.
By mustering the courage to approach and ask, I opened myself up to connecting and socializing with fellow artists. It's a simple yet defining moment for me. I learned to be brave enough by being fiercely curious.
So my darlings, never be afraid to approach strangers and ask them the questions burning inside of you.
After that, I felt more confident to sidle up to other artists that I chanced on meeting. I even met strangers who were kind enough to take a few shots of me since I was flying solo. I wanted to document every single moment and I'm more than glad that I asked. This is another thing I love about exploring places alone. I'm forced to talk to strangers than I am when I'm with someone whom I can easily turn to.
EXLD (PO LEUNG KUK SIU CHING MANSION | 201-207 YU CHAU STREET)
PHRON & SARS (236 TAI NAN STREET)
ROIDS (202 TAI NAN STREET)
VOLRE (202 TAI NAN STREET)
This isn't even half of the participating artists and murals in the lineup. But since I was only dropping by to catch a few of the artists, I wasn't able to round up and check all of it. I'll mark it for another sunny day, maybe when my sister agrees to go back with me.