Twinkle Twinkle Little Guys, the very first solo exhibition by the talented local artist Kila Cheung, showcasing the 30 Little Guys repainted from warning lights, and the photos of the Little Guys taken in various locations. Kila will also launch his new book Twinkle Twinkle Little Guys Diary, which records his experience of creating the Little Guys and the stories of the Little Guys’ encounters with people, unveiling the interesting elements of different corners in Hong Kong.

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“The shape of these lights in Hong Kong resembles human beings, inspiring me to paint on top of them.”



Construction works happen here and there in Hong Kong, while the warning lights at these sites catch the attention of Kila, “the shape of these lights in Hong Kong resembles human beings, inspiring me to paint on top of them.” In the summer of 2017, he started the “Twinkle Twinkle Little Guys” art project, turning warning lights into “Twinkle Twinkle Little Guys” and placing them at different corners of Hong Kong continuously for 30 days. The progress of the project was updated on Facebook and Instagram every day, attracting people to search for the Little Guys in the city. “I discovered that it was not necessary to place them in representative scenic spots, for ordinary places indeed have their own characteristics,” said Kila.

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Jordan Day 10: Little Ash — 2017
“Serious air pollution here. No wonder why I got Black Lung Disease!”
Shek Kip Mei Day 22: Little Waiter — 2017
“My love and smiling face are true and for free to old customers who always come to chitchat. Please have a drink!”
Chek Lap Kok Day 23: Little Lady Boss — 2017
“I am surprised to learn that people still miss me after these 20 years. However I have to fly away with my royal airline. Bye-bye!”

Each of the 30 “Twinkle Twinkle Little Guys” has its own personality, representing different Hong Kong people. Members of the Little Guys include Little Jizo, Little Sportsman, Little Peace, Little Native, Little PC 167, Little Wrestler and the Little Cat, Little Sailor, Little Puppy Rocker, Little Prince Moon, Little Ash, Little Super me, Little Brainstorming, Little Reader, Little Astronaut, Little Shooting Star, Little Big Brother, Little Rascal, Little Blushed Face, Little Sunday, Little Goodbye, Little Native II, Little Waiter, Little Lady Boss, Little Guest, Little Kwan Kung and Little Kwun Yum, Little Sumo Wrestler, Little Puppet, Little Toxic Mushroom, Little Life Guard and Little “We”.

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Originally planned to take back the Little Guys 30 days after the completion of the 2017 project, unfortunately Kila found that most of them disappeared and only seven could return home safely. For this exhibition at Gallery by the Harbour, Kila has decided to repaint all the 30 Little Guys, so that they can come together once again to meet new and old friends.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Guys
Date: 10 – 21 Jan, 2018
Opening hours: 11am-10pm
Venue: Gallery by the Harbour
(Shop 207, Level 2, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong)
Enquiry: 2118 8666

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