“Pak Kei” draws inspiration on Hong Kong’s marine ecosystem and its relationship to the vulnerable Chinese White Dolphin population. Commonly known as the Pink Dolphins, The Chinese White Dolphins have not only been a beautiful symbol to Hong Kong locals for generations, they have also been a painful reminder of the increasing pollution issues that riddle our seas. Today it is believed that there are only 32 dolphins left in the wild compared to 143 in 2004 and this is due to coastal development and reclamation, marine traffic, water pollution and fishing.

 

Constructed solely from recycled materials that are all too common to Hong Kong, the sculpture holds the name “Pak Kei” (The White Taboo) to thus not only refer to their historical local nickname given by fishermen but also the Hong Kong government’s contemporary environmental taboo.