This large piece of street art looks like its bursting
out of the walls as well as bursting with color!
A blooming good example of eye-catching street art? ;b
Is this cool work only visible when the store front's shuttered? :O
Sham Shui Po has grown on me. The first few times I ventured into the district of Kowloon which is among the highest density and lowest income sections of Hong Kong, including to check out an exhibition about the world of sub-divided flats and cage homes held in a tong lau that had been earmarked for demolition, I came away feeling shocked and sad that Asia's World City could be home to such a run-down area; and watching gritty movies set in the area, such as Derek Kwok's The Moss (2008), didn't do much to change my opinion of the place.
Over the years though, as the nearby likes of Mongkok have become more and more filled with luxury watch and jewellery shops, and other stores that cater more to Mainland Chinese tourists than local residents, I've come to feel that contemporary Sham Shui Po is more like the Mongkok of old, where I would go to hunt for items as varied as cargo pants and Hello Kitty collectibles. And especially after finding that the area is a foodie delight (if you're partial to such as shrimp roe noodles and cow omasum or liver noodle soup!), this old and traditional neighborhood has become a part of the Big Lychee that I regularly enjoy spending time in.
A few weeks back, further color was added to this increasingly vibrant district -- which I've also come to learn that a number of interesting people (including a film director and a sake company sales rep!) call home -- courtesy of the HK Walls street art project which saw 31 local and foreign artists get creative over 7 days in Sham Shui Po. I'd been meaning to go earlier to check out the creations but rain put paid to my plans to do so twice before I finally was able to take advantage of a rare relatively dry lull to go and do so.
After getting to the area, I must admit to initially getting distracting by Sham Shui Po's regular bustle and attractions, and had some difficulty spotting the new artworks -- not least because I didn't immediately realize that they aren't always located at street or regular eye level. But after fortifying myself with an early dinner (which cost a bargain HK$53 (around US$6.80)!), I was more able to spot and appreciate the creative efforts that actually blend in better with the general look of the place than I had initially thought they would! ;b