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Abandoned Boat at Abandoned Village

An avid urban explorer ventures into an abandoned village.

An abandoned boat lies in the bay at low tide in a totally abandoned village.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
21 May 2022


Artist Ophelia Jarcarini Dances for Intraverse at French May

Dance performance presented by French artist Ophelia Jacarini on Central Market on Thursday
to kick-off Intraverse - digital sculptures capturing the motion of her dance using Virtual
Reality technology, bringing an interactive experience to the audience.

Part of French May 2022 highlighted programme, shown on Interactive Wall on G/F
Central Market during 19 May - 30 June and Nina Mall 1 during 26 May - 30 June.

Hong Kong-based French artist Jacarini is driven by her practice that combines fine arts, dance,
sculpture and technology. Her fascination in motion and capturing it, got her to explore
different techniques to produce sculpted formations created by motion within a space.

Studying Fine Arts and Fashion in Paris in addition to her 17 years of ballet training, Jacarini
utilises methodologies such as photography, videography, hologram, virtual reality and
artificial intelligence to achieve her aim to freeze motion within time and space, converting
the invisible form to a tangible, fleeting, ephemeral and entropic characteristics of motion
and making it visible to the audience.

Central . Hong Kong | 2020
20 May 2022


K11 Musea Atrium

Situated at Tsimshatsui waterfront and neighbouring the Avenue of Stars, K11 Musea aspires
to enrich lives through the propagation of art and culture.

A mall aiming to deliver an ultra high-end experiential retail, art, cultural and dining destination.

Tsimshatsui . Hong Kong | 2020
19 May 2022


Stand with Ukraine

Yellow and Blue are the colours of the national flag of Ukraine.

A blue and yellow wall of an abandoned village house on Lamma.

Lamma . Hong Kong | 2020
18 May 2022


Flaming Trumpet Blooming

Flaming Trumpet, aka Fire-cracker Vine, so named as the flowers resemble firecrackers,
is a plant species of the genus Pyrostegia of the family Bignoniaceae. It is
endemic to southern Brazil, Bolivia, northeastern Argentina, Paraguay and Asia,
and is now a popularly cultivated garden species.

The flowering season is from January to June each year, and can last for more than half
a year. The orange-red blossoms are beautiful and are symbolic of prosperity.

Tai Hang . Hong Kong | 2021
17 May 2022


Exploring Deserted Apartments

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted apartment complex.

The apartment complex is 3 storeys high with 6 blocks, 4 of which are modern and
some have interior spiral staircase and fireplace. 2 older blocks has single-storey
units. They have been deserted for a while. Furniture and personal
items have been mostly cleared.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
16 May 2022


Sakura Snow by Akiko Yamashita

Hana Fubuki is an interactive installation by Akiko Yamashita for the immersive experience
at Jumpstarter 2022 at 6/F, K11 Musea, through 15 May.

Inspired by nature’s ability to help us see what is otherwise invisible to the naked eye, such
as the passing of time, Hana Fubuki refers to “Sakura snow,” or the way falling cherry blossom
leaves can resemble a gentle snowfall or a swirling blizzard as they are carried off by the
wind. The gestures and movements of audience become the wind that powers this installation,
which combines the woodblock print techniques of traditional Ukiyo-e art with 3D animations
and interactive technology to bring the landscape to life.

Just as seasons change and time streams past us like Sakura petals floating down
river, the installation will change and evolve over the course of the exhibition.

Tsimshatsui . Hong Kong | 2022
15 May 2022


Mysterious Deserted Hindu Temple

The deserted Hindu Temple was completed in the 1960s and was built by Nepalese Gurkhas soldiers
stationed at the camp to worship Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. After 1996, the Gurkhas left,
and the Hindu temple was deserted. In 2010, it was rated as a Grade III historical building.

The temple is a gray-greenish hexagonal building with 6 spires on top, which is crown-shaped, symbolising
a lotus flower that is regarded as a beautiful and sacred in Hinduism. It is the only lotus-shaped building
in Hong Kong, rare and unique. The building is surrounded with bushes and no decoration is left in the
temple. Each of the 6 sides has a portal, except the southeast side, with a small yellow window above
the door. The interior of the building is painted red and green, with a mysterious atmosphere.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture, leave no trace and not
revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
14 May 2022


Exploring Deserted Century-old Quarters in Upscale District

An avid urban explorer ventures into deserted quarters in the most upscale district in Hong Kong.

Built in 1896, the building perches on the hill and is now hidden in the bushes.
Little information is available on the building but from the layout and design, it is most
likely a government quarters for foreign workers. There is a fireplace in each of the rooms.
The roof has collapsed and only open space remain where windows were. Roots and vines
have intertwined with the structure.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
13 May 2022


Former Bishop Zen and Others Arrested by Hong Kong National Security Police

90-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen, Hong Kong's Bishop Emeritus, along with 3 other
people were arrested by the city's national security police on Wednesday for their
involvement in a humanitarian relief fund.

The arrests could signal a new wave of detentions under the national security law since
former Secretary for Security and Chief Security John Lee was elected chief executive
of Hong Kong. He will take office in July and widely seen as Beijing's pointman to further
draconian control of the city, already with drastically reduced liberties.

Zen, senior barrister Margaret Ng, professor Hui Po-keung and popular singer Denise Ho were
arrested under the national security law for allegedly colluding with foreign forces by
serving as trustees for the now-disbanded 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund. Cy Ho, another
trustee already in jail for other reasons, will face the same charges.

'The Holy See has learned with concern the news of the arrest of Cardinal Zen and is following
the situation with extreme attention,' the Vatican press office said in a statement.

Causeway Bay . Hong Kong | 2022
12 May 2022


Exploring Deserted Mansion from 1950

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted mansion.

The mansion was built in 1950. The building is a single house of 2 storeys high and designed in Western
style, with nett area of 6,177 sq ft. 2 external staircases provide access to the first floor. It has
many windows allowing natural light to come inside. Furniture has been cleared with only a
few personal items remain. There are exquisite tiles on all sides of the exterior walls,
and a row of potted plants in front of the garden.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
11 May 2022


Exploring Deserted City-centre Houses of Pleasure

An avid urban explorer ventures into deserted houses of pleasure in the city-centre.

The 10-storey building was completed in 1957. It was the tallest building in the district then and
also the first commercial-residential mixed-use Grade A building with a deed of mutual covenant.

In the 1990s, there were many massage parlours and one-woman brothels. It was acquired
by a developer in 2011. As the number of vacant units increased, Triads broke in and turned
them into brothels. By the end of 2016, 149 units in the building were under Triad control.
In its heyday, the building had nearly 200 brothels and is well-known internationally by
tourists. There were Japanese pornographic websites with dedicated webpages for
these brothels and guides for their services.

As 4 gangs were fighting over territory here, frequent crimes with knife and blood were reported
over the years. In 2017, 100 police officers were mobilised working with the developer to
clear the illegally occupied units. The brothels appear to have been shut down since
2020 with furnitures and personal items scattered throughout the apartments.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
10 May 2022


Exploring Deserted Plastics Factory

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted plastics factory.

Established in 1987, the factory was in manufacturing, wholesaling and exporting of industrial
chemicals like carbon black, conductive compounds and master batch including dyes for
plastic materials. It appears to have been deserted since 2013. The warehouse is mostly cleared.
Furniture and personal items are scattered thoughout the office building.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
9 May 2022


Exploring Deserted Village House

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted village house.

The 2-storey house is constructed with stone with an emblem of the sun at the door.
A staircase provides access to the first floor with a balcony. The interior is partitioned
into rooms with interesting arches. Furniture has been cleared from the building.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
8 May 2022


Exploring Deserted Village Mansion

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted village mansion.

The 2-storey mansion is hidden in the woods. A fireplace is located on each floor. Many
graffiti have been painted on the walls inside and out by prominent street artist Germs
from Los Angeles. Apparently, it has been deserted since 2014. Furniture and personal
items are scattered throughout the building.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
7 May 2022


Wild Mushrooms on Dead Branch

Wild mushrooms growing on a dead branch. Certain types of mushroom eat dead log.
They produce enzymes to break down and recycle dead plant materials.

Pokfulam . Hong Kong | 2022
6 May 2022


Exploring Deserted WWII Army Magazine

An avid urban explorer ventures into an deserted ex-British army magazine (warehouse).

The magazine was built in 1939 by the British army to prepare for World War II to store ammunition
for the nearby 3 batteries for coastal defence. Its main chamber has a thick metal roof to
defend against bombing. It is now slightly flooded and muddy. Skeleton of a small animal
is found on the floor. The area has been overgrown with thorny bushes. The site has been
deserted long before the 1997 handover.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of only taking pictures, leaving no
traces, and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
5 May 2022


Semi-Deserted LuxuryVilla in Upscale District?

An avid urban explorer ventures into a semi-deserted luxury villa complex in the most upscale
district in Hong Kong.

Perched on the hill, the villa has a nett area of 4,721 sq ft in an extensive plot. It was built in around
1930 and commands expansive seaview. The complex includes many 2 and 3-storey buildings,
some connected with each other and some standalone accessible via winding paths. There is
an outdoor bean-shaped swimming pool and a giant 2-storey-tall slide. It was on the market for
$2 billion in 2017. Most parts of the compound appears to have been deserted since 1987.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
4 May 2022


Meditation at Deserted Mansion

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted mansion.

A 2-storey mansion, a blend of Chinese and Western architectural styles comprising a main
building and an annex block, is deserted and swallowed up by nature. Despite its colonial
-style characteristics in the walls, balcony and stone columns, the building has a
traditional Chinese pitched roof supported on wooden purlins and battens while
covered by Chinese clay tiles.

Another notable feature includes the courtyard, as well as the layout of the rooms,
which resembles that of traditional Chinese residences. Located in the middle of the roof
parapet of the main building is a semi-circular pediment engraved with the name of
the mansion in Chinese. Meditating at the balcony on the first floor is soothing.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
3 May 2022


Last Throes of Deserted Kindergarten at Mid-levels

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted kindergarten at Mid-levels.

The non-profit kindergarten is located in a high-end residential area at Mid-Levels and started
operation in 1992. It is a 3-storey building with an outdoor playground, music room, language
room, activity room and an auditorium. Relocated in 2012 and deserted until now.

It is currently being cleared and demolished. There were lots of graffiti and many life-size
children's dolls, one of which lies on the stairs. A collapsed baby grand piano can be
seen in the basement.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture,
leave no trace and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2021
2 May 2022


Gorgeous Panels in Deserted Century-old Shophouse

An avid urban explorer ventures into a deserted shophouse.

The 2-storey shophouse was built with grey bricks, the door has a granite frame with a Qing
Dynasty wooden door and shutter gate. The date of completion is unknown, but is believed
to be over 100 years ago. It is one of the existing commercial and residential tenements in
this old market area. It is rated a Grade II historic buliding. The ceiling of the ground floor has
partially collapsed exposing gorgeous and colourful panels on the first floor.

It has been deserted for a while. Furniture and personal items are scattered throughout
the building. It has been rated as a Grade III historic building.

Urban exploration is based on the principles of take nothing except picture, leave no trace
and not revealing the location.

Hong Kong | 2022
1 May 2022

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