STREETS in HK

2021 | Illustration | Being Hong Kong

PROJECT BRIEF

We were invited by Being Hong Kong, a local quarterly publication to do a full-spread of illustration for their latest issue (2021 Autumn) on the theme of Tree-Community in Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong. There are a few streets in Hong Kong named after tree species, including Maple Street, Larch Street and Sycamore Street. How these streets are titled reveals the inseparable relationship between nature and our neighbourhood, and at the same time provokes more engaging daily interactions and further imaginations. The growth of trees also resembles the development of every community. Local cultures are established and shaped inward like how most tree roots stretch down to the soil. Meanwhile, individual residential zones thrive outward to make crisscrossing networks with nearby communities, just like most trees growing big and tall towards the sun.


「當我們細看大角咀社區,會發現當中有很多街道都是取自樹木及植物的名稱,如楓樹街、洋松街等,這些街名反映了大自然與我們的密切關係、幻想和各種互動。這些街道亦啟發我們從名字延伸至社區空間的有趣想像,仿佛看到在城市中建立的一個樹木社群,街道路口縱橫交錯的景象,與樹木本體連綿重疊、高低起伏的生長模式有著幾分相似。樹根往下生長,深入泥土以吸取養分,就像街道往內連結不同居民、店鋪和空間,新舊交替,令各個社區文化得以紮根和繼續承傳; 而樹枝往上生長,引導樹葉吸收陽光,就像道路不斷往外發展,積極地穿越到更多社區,在各個分叉路口碰面、溝通、交流。 街道如樹木,樹木如社區,環環相扣,共同發展。」

(Text by UUendy Lau)