城市閘誌 HK Urban Canvas 2019
Hung Shing Street Mural
Artist: Noble Wong, students from St. Peter’s Secondary School
In the past, when fishermen went to sea without modern technologies, good catches and a safe return depended on their fishing and boat-handling skills and good weather. To help ensure good fortune, many practised feng shui and sought blessings from Hung Shing, the sea deity and protector of fishermen and sea traders. The Hung Shing Temple in Ap Lei Chau, believed to date back to 1773, remains an important historical monument for the local fishing community. On sunny days, stray cats also gather at the entrance to warm themselves in the sun. The artwork is inspired by the traditional festivities of Hung Shing Festival, a major local celebration held on the 13th day of the second month in the lunar calendar. The elements shown on the artwork – including the floating lanterns, the dragon and lion dances and festive parades – are all believed to bring good fortune to the community.