Central to that concept is martial arts master, Bruce Lee, the man that elevated the martial arts films produced by the Hollywood of the East to global acclaim. His statue, a 2-metre likeness in bronze, occupies a prime position on the eastern portion of the promenade, and beneath his feet, water flows, recalling the actor and philosopher’s famous quote: “Be formless, shapeless, like water.'' Corner’s redesign appears to have assumed a similar wisdom, establishing an intimate visual relationship with Victoria Harbour through its physical presence. “I love our large, wooden railing, which is ideal for leaning on to take in the view and also rolls up and down like a curvilinear ribbon along the water’s edge,” says Corner of his favourite part of the Avenue of Stars.
A third statue represents the beloved cartoon character McDull, a young pig who was the unlikely hero of Brian Tse and Alice Mak’s comic strips, moving eventually from the pages of newspaper Ming Pao to the big screen to the Avenue of Stars as an ambassador for the Hong Kong animation industry. The fourth figure, a woman wrapped in celluloid film who holds a pearl that she proffers to the sky, represents the Hong Kong Film Awards, which have celebrated the city’s movie industry since 1982.
With such a heritage to uphold, Corner felt a huge responsibility when it came to reimagining one of Hong Kong’s best loved attractions. “It was an incredible pleasure and big responsibility to design the new Avenue of Stars,” he says. The designer finds sunrise and sunset particularly beautiful, when the light is at its softest and the ambience is warm and inviting; the Avenue of Stars is also one of the top spots to watch the nightly. Regardless of the time of day, the welcoming walkway allows visitors to become familiar with major players of Hong Kong’s dazzling entertainment industry, as well as perhaps the city’s biggest stars, the waters of Victoria Harbour and the skyline itself.
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