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Hidden Forests Education Programs
Tree tour with GAVIN COATES, Landscape Architect
*Please wear comfortably and bring water for the walking.
Earlier this year, Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre invited a group of artists, novelists, ecologists, historians, architects and urbanists to reveal their personal insights and experiences in a collection of essays, short stories, and photographs. After exploring the urban city and nature in the region of Mid-Levels West, the accounts were published in the book The Pulse of Nature.
One of the contributors, landscape architect Gavin Coates, studied 9 trees throughout the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Hong Kong University, Jamia Mosque, ands well as other streets and lanes in the Mid-Levels areas. On behalf of these trees, he wrote a series of letters to humans to allow readers to listen to what the trees wanted to say.
On this tour, Gavin will take us to re-visit selected trees from his exploration and tell the stories of these trees and their relationship with this city. Checkpoints on this tour include: Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Hong Kong Park, and the roof garden at Pacific Place.
Gavin Coates is a registered Landscape Architect and Senior Lecturer of Division of Landscape Architecture at Hong Kong University, teaching Planting Design and Drawing Landscapes. From 2004-15, he was the Principal Landscape Architect at ACLA Ltd., primarily involved with the design and site supervision of the Greening Master Plan program instigated by the Civil engineering and Development Department of the HKSAR. His key projects include Tseung Kwan O New Town infrastructure, various public housing estates, Yuen Long Town Park and the design of the waterfall area of Hong Kong Park. Gavin is also well known as a political cartoonist, illustrator, and author of environmental children’s books.
This program is supported by Hidden Forests education partner, Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre.
The exhibition is made possible with generous support from Burger Collection, Hong Kong and Boris Yeung and Amy Ng. Additional support is provided by Moiz Zilberman and Pegi and Michael Touff.
Meeting point: in front of Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Mid-levels
Dismissal point: Pacific Place, Admiralty