What’s In a Name?
Riana HW Chow (Hong Kong)
Fo Tan Station – 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.