Wai Wai
618 Shanghai Street

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Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
It is an art mural in a revitalized site of 14 old buildings in Mongkok, Hong Kong. The theme is ‘Voyage of Time at Shanghai Street’. The commissioner and I visited many old residents in Mongkok, trying to find some old photos. I would like to illustrate the history of shops and their stories since Shanghai Street is a shopping street where tenants have been constantly changing as time goes.

How was the illustration used:
It is a mural in 5.2m in width and 3.9m height that attached a 3D Hologram of about 1.5m in width and 1.1m in height consisting of six projectors was installed to create in mid-air a stereoscopic image of ‘618 Shanghai Street’ supplemented with vivid pictures to showcase the history, architectural characteristics, and changes in people’s livelihood at the Shanghai Street tenement building cluster.

How did you make this work:
My assistant team and I used spray paint and waterborne enamel to paint the mural. We added a lot of distinctive and interesting details to the painting, including characteristic signboards, windows, and figures of different looks or actions. I hope visitors can feel a sense of neighborhood at the time through these scenes and details.

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Commissioner Company :
Ample Construction
Commissioned for:
Urban Renewal Authority

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Currently Based:
Hong Kong, China

Wai Wai was born and raised in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. She made illustrations, shutter painting, mural painting, teaching, and hand-cut silhouette projects since 2018. Wai Wai paints illustrations of local vintage shops to bring people closer to their communities. She loves putting people’s diligence and dedication into her drawings. "A Love Letter to Yau Ma Tei" is her first published solo album.