Hong Kong artists: A piece of bygone culture brought back to life, thanks to a pair of Hong Kong artists.
This is a mini replica of Kai Tak Amusement Park, Which was demolished in 1982.
Many old buildings such as this have been replaced by gleaming skyscrapers.
This artist is behind the effort to preserve memories of his hometown through miniatures.
Tony Lai ( Co-owner, TOMA Miniatures)
”We often see elderly people who would tear up after seeing our models. Maybe because our creations cause them to reminisce about things they once experienced and lived through, triggering memories. At the end of the day, Hong Kong is a big city, so there has been much architecture. or things from our childhood that have slowly disappeared. If we can use our ability to recreate these through miniature models, then it’s a happy thing.”
While Tony focuses on architecture, His partner is keen on tasty creations.
Maggie Chan ( Co-owner, TOMA Miniatures)
”Why did I start making miniature foods?
It’s because my dad, during our childhood, used to love taking us to try different foods.
To relive these memories, these flavorsome memories, I really enjoy focusing on food.”
The miniatures appeal to people eager to glimpse the past or recapture faded memories.
It could be something small, even just a poster or a bowl of beef brisket noodles that will spark people’s memories and trigger certain emotions.
The models also capture vibrant cultural festivals such as the famous Tai Hang Fire Dragon dance every Mid – Autumn Festival Or the Cheung Chau Bun Festival represented by this tiny replica of a 14 – Metre (46ft) bamboo tower.
Celebrated since the 19th century, the festival is to appease spirits who died in the plague.
At the end of the day, Hong Kong is a big city, so there’s been much architecture. or things from our childhood that have slowly disappeared.
If we can use our ability to recreate these through miniature models, then it’s a happy thing.