• Life Workshop
  • Jan 2021 - Dec 2022
  • 5th Round Approved Project
  • $3,300,000
Objective The project is about metal craftsmanship of Tai Kok Tsui which was located near the coast and typhoon shelters. During industrial development in the early 1950s, there was a great demand for shipboard supplies, which was particularly beneficial to the development of shipping, hardware and heavy industries. Time has changed, shipping and heavy industries have declined, and the coastline has also moved west due to reclamation. Tai Kok Tsui has become an area where the old coexists with the new. However, there are still many hardware workshops and stores operating in the area, which is a unique landscape in Hong Kong.

The residents in the area are diverse. Some residents have lived in Tai Kok Tsui for more than 20 to 30 years. They have a strong sense of belonging to the community and have a good understanding of regional changes. Those who live in newly-built housing estates are relatively young new may not have a strong bonding, but their characteristics are relatively middle-class, and their profession is indeed a potential resource for the community.

Under urban renewal and changes in economic development, old hardware workshops and stores will gradually close down, and the number of hardware technicians will gradually decrease too. Therefore, the " Colourful Ironware” project intends to conserve hardware craftsmanship by the following 6 kinds of activity. Meanwhile to encourage the old and new residents in the district know more about the characteristics of the community, and use hardware installation art to revitalize the community.

Target participants: Residents in Tai Kok Tsui District, hardware-related industries and small shops, hardware craftmen and the public.

Community cultural preservation
1. Documenting of hardware craftsmanship and history in Tai Kok Tsui
2. Inheritance of hardware skills
3. Guided tour of community history and culture

Community revitalisation
4. Establishing ‘Colourful Ironware Hub’
5. Installation art workshops
6. Community public space planning