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HKACT! Act 1 BeHere AR Tour - A Digital Artwork that Combines the Past, the Present and the Future Presenting a Virtual Lens for Visitors to Create Memories and Share a Moment

1 hour

“HKACT! ACT 1 BeHere”, an innovative Augmented Reality (AR) mobile app of #ddHKCommissionedWork, combines the past, the present and the future, presenting a virtual lens for visitors to create memories and share a moment. Designed by Japanese new media artist Masaki Fujihata and inspired by the 1940-70s Hong Kong, the digital public installation features around 40 sets of 3D AR figures, “re-presenting” these stories by actors in the studio and allowing audiences to view the old Hong Kong livelihood in their own mobile through the wonders of technology and design.post

Created based on one and a half years of design research, oral history from local residents of Wan Chai and photos taken in the olden days, BeHere recreates Wan Chai coastline used to be along Queen's Road East during 1850s, connecting Wan Chai's attractions and public space from west to east: from Blue House, Stone Nullah Lane Garden, Wan Chai Gap Park, Old Wan Chai Post Office, Lee Tung Street, Tai Wong East Street Sitting-out Area, Lun Fat Street Sitting-out Area, Kwong Ming Street Children's Playground, Sun Street to Dominion Garden. Alongside the 3D AR works, guided tours are also open to all visitors to register online for more layered understanding of the neighborhood.

The heartland of the Wai Chai district is jointly linked by two corridors of art and design - the exhibition of BeHere stretching east to west while #ddCreativePlacemaking’s stretching north to south. Together, they reinvent the past and future street life of Wan Chai, enhance connection among the community and encourage visitors exploring the district.

1

Blue House

Address 72, 72A, 74 & 74A Stone Nullah Lane (Blue House) 2, 4, 6 & 8 Hing Wan Street (Yellow House), 8 King Sing Street (Orange House), Wan Chai
Category AR Tour

The Blue House Cluster consists of three interconnected buildings: Blue House, Yellow House and Orange House, which were used as academy and timber yard. The Lingnan architecture style of the cluster is preserved during its revitalisation. Interested visitors may visit the Hong Kong House of Stories located in the Blue House and Yellow House, which showcases the history and architectural features of the Blue House Cluster.

2

Stone Nullah Lane Garden

Address Stone Nullah Lane (Blue House)
Category AR Tour

During the 18th Century, there was a water channel in the area providing fresh water to merchant ships at the harbour, and the structure lent its name to the street. The Stone Nullah Lane Garden situates at the southern end of the street, where visitors can take a glimpse of the old Wan Chai coastline, followed by a visit to the Pak Tai Temple located next to the park.

3

Wan Chai Gap Road Playground

Address Stone Nullah Lane
Category AR Tour
4

Old Wan Chai Post Office

Address 221 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
Category AR Tour

The historical Old Wan Chai Post Office, situated at the junction of Wan Chai Gap Road and Queen’s Road East, is the oldest surviving post office building in Hong Kong. It is a simple pitched-roof structure with attractive gable ends and mouldings, conveying an architectural style full of traditional Chinese characteristics.

5

Lee Tung Avenue

Address 200 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
Category AR Tour

The historical Old Wan Chai Post Office, situated at the junction of Wan Chai Gap Road and Queen’s Road East, is the oldest surviving post office building in Hong Kong. It is a simple pitched-roof structure with attractive gable ends and mouldings, conveying an architectural style full of traditional Chinese characteristics.

6

Tai Wong Street East Sitting-out Area

Address Tai Wong Street East
Category AR Tour
7

Lun Fat Street Sitting-out Area

Address Lun Fat Street
Category AR Tour
8

Kwong Ming Street Children’s Playground

Address Kwong Ming Street
Category AR Tour
9

Sun Street

Address Sun Street
Category AR Tour
10

Dominion Garden

Address Next to Dominion Centre (43-59 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai)
Category AR Tour

HKACT! Act 1 BeHere AR Tour - A Digital Artwork that Combines the Past, the Present and the Future Presenting a Virtual Lens for Visitors to Create Memories and Share a Moment