This March, as art blooms all around for Hong Kong Arts Month, make sure to come by to Starstreet Precinct to see our first Art Month installation! We worked with New York-based artist, Derick Melander, to create a striking installation for –and by— the neighbourhood. Using clothing donated by our local communities, the sculpture is a towering pillar of cascading colours made entirely from second-hand clothing, carefully-folded and stacked, measuring 2.4m high and weighing over 700lbs.
The sculpture’s name, ‘You Are My Other Me’, is taken from an ancient Mayan proverb referring to the definition of human beings as being part of a community in which we should treat others as we expect to be treated ourselves. The column is reminiscent of sea and sky, made of colours that transition through bands of aqua, periwinkle, and lavender to a crown of royal blue, with bright stars emerging in the night sky, partly inspired by Starstreet’s Sun Street, Moon Street and Star Street.
To create this piece, we worked with local NGO, Redress, to run a clothing drive for the local community. A selection of garments donated from the clothing drive have been used in the artwork, creating a unique and curated art piece for and by the residents and office workers around the community.
All clothing used in the installation will then be donated back to Redress, making it a truly circular and meaningful campaign: Redress will repurpose the donated clothing, reselling top quality clothes at educational pop-up shops, generating much-needed funds; and redistributing still-wearable clothing to over 20 local charity partners supporting women at risk, children, babies, the elderly, refugees, migrants, the homeless and even animals in need. Finally, any ripped, stained and poor-quality clothes will be recycled at the Novetex Upcycling Factory, a ground-breaking fibre-to-fibre recycling facility which processes and recycles mixed fibres which will be spun into yarn and ultimately made into new clothes.
Both visually impactful and meaningful, the piece echoes Starstreet Precinct’s strong cultural identity and values around environmental sustainability. Through the clothing drive and art installation, we hope to drive awareness of textile waste, encourage us all to be more conscious and sustainable in our daily lives, and inject a little more art and colour into our vibrant neighbourhood and nearby communities.
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