Experiential urban sanctuary at the former Victoria Barracks
Across three floors, Secret Garden is an immersive orchestration of scenographic installations, light and sound in the former Victoria Barracks, to be set in motion by a wandering audience.
In 1978, while politicians were debating the future of the Barracks, three children discovered a secret garden and wished to keep it forever. One day, they parted and promised to return on the last night. They all kept their word and return on the last night.
An experiential urban sanctuary, Secret Garden explores the notion of healing like its intertextual references—the eponymous Victorian novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and the phenomenal colouring book by Johanna Basford. Following the footsteps of the three protagonists, across three distinct times in the same space, the audience open doors to what they have lost and found in time.
Concept & artistic directions: Kingsley Ng
Concept & curation: Stephanie Cheung
Seed installation: Monti Lai Wai-yi
Ceramics: Nick Poon Fai-wong
Outdoor track installation: CK Yung, Meipo Yuen
Carpenter: Lam Che
Lighting design: Lee Chi-wai
Interactive design: William Wong
Website design: Cheuk Wing-nam
Project coordination: Joey Chung
Track team: Rivian Cheung Wing-yan, Iu Hei-lun, Zachary Ting Lap-tak, Kazaf Tsang, Tse Chun-sing
Ceramics production / trio fabrication: Katherine Ng Ka-man, Cheuk Wing-nam, Fung Wing-lam, Wong Wing-yan
Handmade books fabrication: Hon Yik-wa, Tang Shu-wing, Ann Wong Wing-lam
Exhibition installation: Pointsman Art Creation
Crew: Addraine Chan, Natalie Chan Man-chu, Cheung Nga-ling, Sara Choi Tsz-ting, Fung Ming-sum, Barry Ho, Kam Wan-yin, Lee Hoi-yee, Li Ka-ki, Cass Liu, Lo Sing-ying, Ng Yin-ting, Poon Oi-ting, Rayven Sin Wai-chi, Felix Yiu Ming-shan, Yu Tsz-ying, Yuen Ming-sze, Yeung Tsz-king
Special thanks to HKBU Academy of Visual Arts, Make a Difference Institute, Osage Gallery, Radio Television Hong Kong, Josephine Hopkinson, Peter Moss, Michael Rogge, Jason Wong
Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre vA!