HK chil­dren’s painted scroll sets Guin­ness World Record

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION | HK - By GRACE CHAI in Hong Kong grace@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Hong Kong set a new Guin­ness World Record on Fri­day with the long­est-ever chil­dren’s paint­ing, a 1,100-me­ter-scroll, de­pict­ing Vic­to­ria Har­bour at the Hong Kong Cul­tural Cen­tre.

Cheng Dong, of­fi­cial ad­ju­di­ca­tor of Guin­ness World Records an­nounced the suc­cess­ful record-break­ing at­tempt, and Peter Lam Kin-ngok, chair­man of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, wit­nessed the his­toric mo­ment.

Thirty young Hong Kong artists had cre­ated the draft for the scroll since July, and the re­main­ing task was to paint the beau­ti­ful Vic­to­ria Har­bour shore in wa­ter­col­ors. The work was com­pleted by more than 2,000 Hong Kong res­i­dents, mostly chil­dren, each of whom re­ceived an of­fi­cial cer­tifi­cate of par­tic­i­pa­tion.

This event is a spe­cial part of the In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion (ICPC) in Hong Kong 2012/13.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Henry Lau, a renowned Hong Kong artist and founder of the event. Dur­ing a Euro­pean paint­ing com­pe­ti­tion eight years ago, Lau first had the idea of or­ga­niz­ing an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Hong Kong to act as a plat­form for young and tal­ented lo­cal artists.

The com­pe­ti­tion was launched by the Pro­mo­tion of Young Artists’ Foun­da­tion in Septem­ber last year. More than 10,000 paint­ings from 52 coun­tries and re­gions were sub­mit­ted in the first round and 60 fi­nal­ists cho­sen there­after.

They and 20 lo­cal con­tes­tants en­tered the fi­nal round, a six­day on-site paint­ing of seven land­marks and tourist at­trac­tions in Hong Kong, in­clud­ing Ocean Park, Stan­ley Plaza, Chek Lap Kok In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the MTR sta­tions.

The event marked the in­au­gu­ral visit of many in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and teach­ers to Hong Kong who were in­spired by its aes­thetic. “The light here is very good for paint­ing, like crys­tal,” said Li­ud­mila Lonescu, an art teacher from Ni­co­lae Tonitza High School of Plas­tic Arts in Ro­ma­nia.

“Paint­ing is a re­flec­tion of cul­ture. I hope lo­cal stu­dents can com­mu­ni­cate with in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants and know more about their styles and tech­niques, and more im­por­tantly, their per­spec­tives and cul­ture,” said Lau.

Sun Wei, a pro­fes­sor at the China Cen­tral Acad­emy of Fine Arts and one of the com­pe­ti­tion judges, shared the same opin­ion: “In the col­li­sion of cul­ture, we may find cre­ativ­ity.”

De­spite the lan­guage dif­fi­cul­ties, in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal stu­dents com­mu­ni­cated their ideas through the col­ors and lines on pa­per us­ing pen­cils, crayon and brushes in their hands.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the event were also hop­ing to dis­cover lo­cal tal­ents of an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard. As a re­sult, 12 ex­perts were in­vited to the judg­ing panel, many of whom are founders of sim­i­lar com­pe­ti­tions in their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

Among the judges was Kosta Hadzi Antonovski, known as the “god­fa­ther” of chil­dren’s art ed­u­ca­tion. He said the com­pe­ti­tion re­flects the fact Hong Kong has be­come a city of art.

Nel­lie Fong Wong Kut-man, chair­woman of the ICPC or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, an­nounced the kick-off of next year’s com­pe­ti­tion, and re­vealed that an ex­hi­bi­tion of the art­works, or even the pos­si­bil­ity of a char­ity auc­tion, is un­der dis­cus­sion with the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY

Top: Work­ers fold a painted scroll, which set a new Guin­ness World Record as the long­est chil­dren’s paint­ing, at the Hong Kong Cul­tural Cen­tre on Fri­day. Right: More than 2,000 par­tic­i­pants helped to paint the scroll on Fri­day. The event was a part of the In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion in Hong Kong.

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