Remaking Central: Preparing Public Art for the Urban Core of the Future


Public and Community Talk Series - 1

Remaking Central: Preparing Public Art for the Urban Core of the Future

Date: 5th March, 2014

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Venue: 202, Esther Lee Building, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Speakers: Year 2 and Year 3 students in the BA in Cultural Management Programme

Chair: Prof. Jane Zheng



If we have a chance to redevelop the core of our city, how should we prepare public art? Can any weakness identified with the public art scene in current Central be resolved during the city's future development? How can we maximize the supportive role of the government in fostering the public art scene in the city? How can the tools of urban planning, urban design, and management work toward this purpose? A group of Year 2 and Year 3 students in the Cultural Management BA Programme have prepared a consultancy report for the Art Promotion Office in the HKSARG in an imaginary project that envisions a Central completely redeveloped by 2020. A mix of various theoretical approaches of cultural studies and art criticism has been adopted to assess the public-ness and effectiveness of public artworks in today's Central, based on which, a set of goals toward a utopian public art scene have been proposed. The main body of the report adopts approaches of urban planning, management, and urban design, to advise what the APO could do to foster an animated and revitalized public art scene and to support community cultural development by using these tools. Finally, several examples of public artworks that the student consultants believe would fit into the future city scene have been included.