Upcycling is on the rise at Hysan


The Lee Gardens Eggssentially Art! Rugby Edition event at Lee Garden One in the Easter weekend this year was hugely popular with visitors, especially for the milk tea and egglettes (Hong Kong’s famous egg waffles, or gai daan jai) that were on offer.

However, in addition to enjoying these delicious treats, visitors would have also noticed the installation art pieces on display at the Lee Garden One driveway. They included two massive wooden egglettes at the entrance to the event and a giant wishing tree, on which people of all ages and backgrounds had tied wishes to the branches.

But something looked a bit different about these art pieces.

“Artist KaCaMa Design Lab made great use of recycled materials and upcycled wooden pallets to form the wishing tree’s trunk and branches,” said Mark Tung, Hysan’s Corporate Communications General Manager. “The bits of former egg cartons, which were made to look like flowers and petals, were lovingly put together by people working at St. James’ Settlement’s workshops. It took a lot of effort, but the final results looked great. So many people left their heartfelt wishes there.”

And these aren’t the only examples of using upcycled materials at the event. “I’m not sure if you saw them, but each of the giant egglette installation pieces had “bubbles” made from protective packaging originally used to wrap expensive fruit,” Mark said. “Isn’t it marvellous that these items which you usually discard without thinking turn out to be amazing materials for upcycling art pieces?”

This was not the first time that Hysan and Lee Gardens encouraged the use of upcycled materials for art. After the Christmas 2017 season, the giant transparent baubles used as decorations were collected by the Business Environment Council and eventually upcycled into innovative products and art pieces by a number of NGOs and secondary schools.

Hysan believes that getting involved in sustainability helps to lessen the load on our planet and our community. According to Mark, “With events like the Eggssentially Art! Rugby Edition, we are doing our small part to show that upcycling is not only a part of that initiative but an imaginative way to turn waste into something extraordinary and beautiful.”