26 June 2007
KCRC "Art Unlimited" Art Trains unveiled today
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today unveiled two specially decorated Art Trains, which is a programme jointly organised with Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as one of its activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Officiating at the unveiling ceremony were Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC; Ir James Blake, Chief Executive Officer of KCRC; Mr Chu Pui-hing, Director of Broadcasting and Dr Peter K K Wong, Vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
The two Art Trains, one East Rail train and one West Rail train, had both their exterior and interior decorated with the winning artworks selected from a design competition held in March this year.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC said that the designs were set with the theme "10 years of Momentum" on the train exterior and "My City, My Home" on the train interior to tell the success stories of Hong Kong in the past decade.
Mr Tien said, "The design entries are of very high standard. The Art Train Programme aims to promote art. It has provided a unique platform – KCR trains – for the artists to reach out to the community to display their talent."
Also speaking at the ceremony, Director of Broadcasting Mr Chu Pui-hing said that RTHK co-organised with Hong Kong Arts Development Council and KCRC the first "Art Train Design Competition" in 2003. This year the programme is re-introduced and the scope of which has been expanded to cover East Rail and West Rail, and both the train interior and exterior, in order to allow more people to explore their artistic talent and express it in a public setting. From tomorrow, passengers will be able to enjoy works of art that are both interesting and inspiring while commuting on the trains. Meanwhile, Art Unlimited, an RTHK production, traces the making of the "Art Train" from the selection of entries to their realisation as a documentary to let the audience see how a public art project comes into being.
Meanwhile, Dr Peter K K Wong, Vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council said that the Art Train helped bring art into everyday life, providing an opportunity for over a million commuters to enjoy art. The programme also added colour and creativity in everyday living space, enhancing the quality of environment and realising the function of art in the society.
The East Rail Art Train includes a "Designers' Compartment" which showcases works of professional designers, artists and celebrities who have a penchant for art. The compartment is decorated with the artists' unique designs. These artists are: Winson Ma, Kenny Wong, Big Soil, John Ho, Jackman, Prudence Mak, Kong Kee, Tom Lau, Graphicairlines, Colan and Mak, Denise Ho, Karena Lam, Annie Liu and at 17.
From tomorrow (27 June), the two Art Trains will start running on East Rail and West Rail for passenger service. Members of the public are welcome to vote for "My Favourite Art Train Compartment" at KCRC website www.kcrc.com or RTHK's at www.rthk.org.hk. In addition, photos of the Art Trains will be on display at KCR Art Corner at East Tsim Sha Tsui Station in July and August.
Art Unlimited produced by RTHK reviews the change of Hong Kong's identity and image since the handover through local art projects with participation from ordinary citizens, students, as well as artists. In addition, the programme also talks about 'eco-art' which has been popular in Europe and the United States for some time and is gaining acceptance in Taiwan. By looking at official and unofficial art projects and performances relating to the city's reunification anniversary, the programme examines the mental journey traveled by artists in the last decade. Art Unlimited is shown at 7:00 pm every Tuesday on TVB Jade channel. RTHK on Internet (http://www.rthk.org.hk/special/aru) also provides simultaneous webcast and video-on-demand service.
 
(From left to right) Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC; Dr Peter K K Wong, Vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council; Ir James Blake, Chief Executive Officer of KCRC and Mr Chu Pui-hing, Director of Broadcasting officiated at today's Art Train unveiling ceremony.
 
Officiating guests launched the East Rail Art Train for visit by the public.
 
Officiating guests toured the "Designers' Compartment" which showcases works of professional designers, artists and celebrities who have a penchant for art. at17 is one of the participating artists.
 
Students introducing their designs to the officiating guests.