Whether you’re choosing a photography art print for your dining room or perhaps a little something to liven up your workspace, it’s important to choose art that speaks to you. For those of us who’ve spent time in Hong Kong, the image of Victoria Harbour will forever remain with us.
If you’ve lived in Hong Kong for any amount of time—or even just visited the city as a tourist like our client John Morrical—then you’ll know just how incredible the city’s public transport infrastructure is.
From the futuristic MTR underground system to the majestic Star Ferry and the throwback “ding ding” trams to the intrepid minibuses and taxis that dart through the city, no cities have as varied or a connected transport system as Hong Kong.
Bamboo Scenes Artists Vivien Liu, Jeremy Cheung & Elaine Li
For many residents and visitors, the city’s transport system is an integral part of their day, taking them on their daily commutes or getting them to meetings with friends and family. It’s no wonder that many of us have fond feelings and memories of the many ways we get around the city.
So, if you’re looking for Hong Kong art to use as wall decor in your home or office, you might well want a reminder of your favourite mode of Hong Kong transportation.
It's no wonder that many of us have fond feelings and memories of the many ways to get around the city
Luckily, these city icons have sneaked into many works by our Bamboo Scenes artists. Here are some of our favourite transport-themed artworks from our current collection.
Old Ride, New Splash (2020) - Jeremy Cheung
"Old Ride, New Splash" (2020) by Jeremy Cheung - Central, Hong Kong
In this very focused image, Jeremy captures Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry, which has been carrying passengers between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui since 1888.
With the heaviness of the ferry’s bow juxtaposed against the crashing waves of Victoria Harbour, this captivating photo represents steadiness and constancy amidst change and action, mimicking Hong Kong’s legacy as a city. It’s the perfect representation of the city and its most beloved icon.
Organised Chaos (2017) - Elaine Li
"Organised Chaos"(2017) by Elaine Li - Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a city where chaos may seem to reign, but dig a little deeper and you’ll realise that there’s a certain method to the madness. Perhaps no other part of the city’s transport system captures this complexity more than its instantly-recognisable red minibuses.
Day and night, these buses make their way haphazardly through the city, zig-zagging through the streets and stopping and starting almost at whim. But, any true Hongkonger knows that these buses have dedicated routes—you just have to know where and when to hop on. In her lively photo, Elaine immortalises Hong Kong’s chaotic overtones and the vivacity of its bustling nightlife.
Any true Hongkonger knows that these buses have dedicated routes—you just have to know where and when to hop on.
That Soft Pink Matter (2017) - Vivien Liu
"That Soft Pink Matter" (2017) by Vivien Liu - Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Like London’s Black Cabs and New York City’s bright yellow cars, Hong Kong’s classic red taxis are an indelible city icon. Throughout Hong Kong island, you’ll find these fire-engine red Toyota Corollas plying their trade, capturing the tradition and modernity that the city is known for. Just don’t expect to pay with a card—Hong Kong cabs are strictly cash only.
Throughout Hong Kong island, you’ll find these fire-engine red Toyota Corollas plying their trade, capturing the tradition and modernity that the city is known for.
In this instantly iconic image, Vivien captures Hong Kong taxis in their natural habitat—nestled amidst the old architecture and neon pink street signs of Yau Ma Tei’s Portland Street. It’s a reminder that in Hong Kong, everything is always more than meets the eye.
Journey of the Evergreen (2021) - Jeremy Cheung
"Journey Of The Evergreen" (2021) by Jeremy Cheung - Central, Hong Kong
Since 1904, Hong Kong’s narrow-gauge trams have been snaking their way through the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, taking residents and visitors from the Western districts of Kennedy Town and Sheung Wan through the Central financial district, rowdiness of Wanchai and Causeway Bay, and beyond.
But there’s something special about seeing the vintage number 120 tram make its way through hyper-modern Central. Here, Jeremy showcases one of Hong Kong’s most well-loved transport systems, while capturing the dichotomy of its old-meets-new persona.
Check out the full Bamboo Scenes collection here!