Living | 城存
|As a kid grown up in Kwun Tong, the design graduate Adrian Chung has witnessed the rapid changes in Hong Kong in the recent two decades. Many buildings of cultural heritage have been demolished owing to city development. In his final-year project “Living”, he made use of the topic of ‘a “lost” piece of jewellery’ to preserve his collective memories of the place he calls home.
After some investigation on materials, Adrian started to focus on settings already removed or reconstructed in Hong Kong, such as the construction sites of the former Kai Tak Airport and Yue Man Square in Kwun Tong, where he collected the debris for his work. Given his strong intention to capture the disappearing places, the「DesignXcel」 team would look for similar materials for him to extend the spirit of Kai Tak Airport and Kwun Tong buildings, thus he was brought to the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association (HKJJA).
Adrian was happy to be sponsored different types of semi-precious stones and gemstones by HKJJA, as he could draw the parallels between the formation of these pretty stones and the stories of disappearing places. Both take lots of time to shape their organic appearances, yet eventually destroyed and defeated by other human purposes. To protect how the communities used to be in his heart, Adrian combined his collected debris with rusted can lids, driven-over jeans’ button, squashed safety pins, resin, cotton thread with araldite, 18K gold, brass and enamel paint to create his unique mini-ornaments.
As if a puzzle from his own memories, Adrian also produced a bezel to carry every piece of the ornament, including pendants, earrings, and rings. One might then enjoy the metal rim and its accessories at the Hong Kong International Jewelry Manufacturers’ Show under the pavilion of Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA).
Chung Ka Pang, Adrian | 鍾家鵬
Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association | 香港珠寶玉石廠商會
Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association | 香港珠寶製造業廠商會有限公司
Visual Arts | Hong Kong Baptist University – Academy of Visual Arts | 香港浸會大學視覺藝術院