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Public Art in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, the “Pearl of the Orient “, is a special administrative region of China. The name means fragrant harbour. Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War (1839–42), was occupied by Japan during World War II (1939-45), returned to Britain after the war and then handed back to China in 1997. Public Art in Hong Kong reflects a mixture of their colonial past and their present identity, from Queen Victoria to Bruce Lee. Hong Kong public art does not, however, go without controversy. Since the handover to China, several Hong Kong sculptures and statues have caused quite the angst. This mainly caused by the political and social issues arising from their “one country, two systems”. 

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