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ESSAYS

Only Numbers

The controversy surrounding the removal 

of a public artwork in Hong Kong

BY MAN CHING-YING PHOEBE

JASON LAM and SAMPSON WONG, Countdown Machine, 2016. Animation on the International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong, 2016. 

Photo by Jason Lam.

On May 22, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) announced that it would stop the display of Our 60-Second Friendship Begins Now (2016), a LED-light installation that had been playing on the facade of the tallest building in Hong Kong, the International Commerce Center (ICC). The decision came after the…

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