We love a story of creativity being used for a good cause. Ocean Recovery Alliance is raising awareness about protecting the world’s oceans through a unique public art installation called Grate Art. Seven leading local and Chinese artists are bringing colourful street art to Hong Kong’s stormwater drains, which are among the main sources for debris outflow into the ocean.
Throughout the Southern District, Ocean Recovery Alliance will install ceramic art tiles commissions on pavements above drains. This is one of the first environmental undertakings to combine local art with pollution awareness. The first set of tiles will be installed in the districts of Ap Lei Chau, Aberdeen, Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay and Stanley. Baptist University will be the first university campus to apply the Grate Art plaques to their campus drains and grates as well as installing 50 plaques before the start of the coming school year.
Commissioned artists include Man Chi Loy (Armechan), Douglas Young, Chen Hua Xian, Liina Klaus, William Tong, Tang Nan Nan and Graphic Airlines.
Ocean Recovery Alliance brings together new ways of thinking, technologies, creativity and collaborations in order to help improve Hong Kong’s ocean environment. It is one of the only NGOs to be working with both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Oceans.