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In Pictures: Hong Kong lights up for Lumières festival

Glowing cartoon Inuits tumbled down Hong Kong’s post office building and a forest of illuminated bamboo rods lit up the city centre as part of a visit by France’s famous Lumieres festival.

Local and international artists joined the extension of Lyon’s Fête des Lumières in a city well known for its ubiquitous neon signs, giant billboards, flashy skyscrapers and a nightly harbourfront light show.

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Photo: Lumieres Hong Kong Festival.

The three-night show, which launched Thursday, saw light creations beamed onto some of Hong Kong’s landmark heritage buildings, with other installations brightening shopping areas and parks.

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Photo: Lumieres Hong Kong Festival.

Local artist Keith Lam said the festival went some way to addressing Hong Kong’s lack of publicly accessible artworks.

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Photo: Lumieres Hong Kong Festival.

“The streets and the public spaces in Hong Kong are so tight and dense and there are so many people, so it’s a challenge to do public art,” Lam told AFP.

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Photo: Lumieres Hong Kong Festival.

Hong Kong currently lacks a world class art museum, and marquee exhibitions rarely make a stop in the southern Chinese city, where graffiti by high-profile artists is often removed and it can be difficult to secure permission for public shows.

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Photo: Lumieres Hong Kong Festival.

Lam, a new media artist, displayed his “Heliocentric” installation which featured a three dimensional combination of rings laced with LED lights at the PMQ, a former police residence turned creative hub.

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Photo: Lumieres Hong Kong Festival.

Passersby said the installations were a welcome relief in a busy city.

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Photo: Lumieres Hong Kong Festival.

“I think it’s great for the whole culture, and also for everyone who is getting off work and able to embrace so much art in front of them,” said one visitor to the illuminated bamboo display in central Statue Square.

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Photo: Lumieres Hong Kong Festival.

The Lyon festival, which started in the 19th century, will take place in early December, with light displays adorning the French city’s streets, public squares and bridges.

Lumieres Hong Kong Festival.

Photo: Lumieres Hong Kong Festival.

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In Pictures: Hong Kong lights up for Lumières festival