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First Stage

Stage I (January 2007 – July 2008)

Stage I has successfully invited 38 artists to paint on the containers at West Kowloon Cultural District. Exhibition and ceremony had been held.

The whole event started from transporting 37 shipping containers from the Hong Kong International Terminal to the West Kowloon Cultural District. A team of container drivers drove two containers by two containers on their truck and dismount them on the assigned position on the venue. The assigned position could reveal the Chinese characters “ Where to”. 38 Hong Kong artists spent twelve days on site to paint the 37 brand new containers. Environmentally tested paints were used that could withstand sunlight, salt from the sea and rain. At the same time and place, Mini Art Containers by Hong Kong students were also exhibited. A total of over 40 containers were actually used in this event. During this period, schools and organizations visited the site and talked to the artists. There were also open days for the public. Art Container Departure Exhibition Inauguration Ceremony was held on May 16, 2008.

A Departure Launching Party was held on board the ship, Emirates Kanako, at the Hong Kong International Terminal 13th July 2008. Ten art containers had been shipped on board with more than 2000 containers on their way to Dubai. Their first stop was Singapore. Two artists and one photographer were on board for 4 days to witness the journey of these art containers. They would be received in the Jurong Port, Singapore, by MIA staffs and other art containers artists.

The activities related to mini art containers were conducted under the Art Ambassador Scheme in which art ambassadors, formed by student artists, visited 10 primary and secondary schools, introduced to the students the Art Container Project, and invited them to participate in the making of mini art containers. About 300 mini art containers were eventually selected to be shown together with the normal size art containers in the departure exhibition at West Kowloon Cultural District. The mini art containers also serve to demonstrate the Art Container Project’s efforts to engage the public in the process of art making and appreciation.