Stairways to Heaven 2

Here are some more interesting stairs that we saw during our trip to Hong Kong last month. The colourfully painted stairs above are in Aberdeen, on Hong Kong island. The stairs below are painted with town names and years. They are in Causeway Bay and commemorate the Olympic Games up to the Beijing Olympics.

And these stairs lined with comic book characters lead up from Nathan Road to Kowloon Park.

Stairways to Heaven

We came across many impressive sets of stairs during our recent visit to Hong Kong​, many of them at temples. The vertigo inducing stairs above are at Wong Tai Sin Temple, and the stairs below lead up to Hau Wong Temple.

And of course, this long staircase leads up to the Big Buddha at Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island.

Writing on the Wall

We came across plenty of impressive calligraphy during our visit to Hong Kong last month – much of it written on walls. The two large characters shown above and below are at Hau Wong Temple in Kowloon. They mean longevity (above) and crane (the bird, below)

This one is beside the hiking trail from Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island to Chung Kung, and means Buddha.

And we saw all these people feverishly writing on a wall at Wong Tai Sin Temple, presumably seeking good luck at Chinese New Year.

The Medium is the Message

Today is the last day of Sculpture by the Sea at Perth’s Cottesloe Beach. Here are two more artworks that we liked, both with an environmental focus.

The giant soft drink can above is “Cansumerism” by Hayley Bahr and Tim Keevil, and the sculpture below is “Plastic Paradise” by Kathy Allam – it’s made out of plastic soft drink bottles.

The Hole Truth

Here are some more artworks from Sculpture by the Sea at Perth’s Cottesloe Beach, all with ocean views through holes. The sculpture above is “Oushi Zokei” by Keizo Ushio (spot the amusing anagram). The one below is “The Window of the Future” by Sang-Sug Kim.

And this one is “Pause” by April Pine.

As you might guess from the shadow, the person in the sculpture above is a surfer. He looks quite different from the side.