Lantau trash turned into art treasure

Artwork by liina klauss, on display at this weekend's Imagine Peace Festival, is stark evidence of the amount of rubbish that washes up on South Lantau beaches.

German-born liina, considered the first land-artist in Hong Kong, has created an outdoor installation made from 1000 shoes collected over the last four months on three beaches in South Lantau for this weekend's Imagine Peace Festival.

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The piece is part of liina's trash-land-art series, which she hopes will create awareness to value more and waste less and challenge people's behaviour as consumers.

"The over-production and over-consumption of things has literally become out of hands," liina said.

"We find human products not only in shops and homes, but thrown into the country-side, buried in the earth and floating in the sea."

liina studied in Berlin and Italy, working as an illustrator and textile designer, before moving to Hong Kong in 2007.

The working and production conditions in the Chinese fashion-industry made her drop out of her designer career and choose arts as her means of expression. She held her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 2013.

Imagine Peace, now in its third year, is a two-day non-profit festival all about yoga, meditation, dance and play in celebration of the International Day of Peace, held on Lantau's Pui O Beach.

Last year it attracted more than 300 people, raising $10,000 for charity.

Picture: liina klaus with her outdoor installation made from 1000 shoes washed up on Lantau beaches. Photograph: Courtesy liina klaus. 

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