What¡¦s In a Name?
Riana HW Chow (Hong Kong)
Fo Tan Station ¡V Concourse
Form of Artwork:
195 digital prints mounted over aluminum panels
Artwork Completion Date:
¡§What¡¦s In a Name?¡¨ portrays the evolvement of the name ¡§Fo Tan¡¨ (meaning fire and charcoal in Chinese) which is a mispronunciation by local people from its original name ¡§Ho Tan¡¨ (meaning river and beach in Chinese), referring to a beach that appeared whenever the water of the nullah receded. The lack of any special significance in the meaning of the new name ¡§Fo Tan¡¨ was quietly accepted over the years, but continues to be a mystery for those who do not understand its history.
The different digital prints are positioned to create a gradient of colours that represent the transition of the name ¡§Ho Tan¡¨ to ¡§Fo Tan¡¨. Yellow and green patterns used in the artwork represent the river, while orange represents Hong Kong soil or the beach, and finally red and black represent fire and charcoal.