Ha often went on scavenger hunts, especially in the area around his home in To Kwa Wan, where a community of factories and a densely-populated neighbourhood produced lots of waste materials: industrial scraps, useless auto parts, and discarded household items, etc. Ha was fascinated by the objects he found on the streets, and they often became a source of inspiration for his creations. By reassembling them, he enabled his sculptures to remain connected with his community, imbuing them with a strong sense of immediacy and warmth of appeal.Here, the metal spring base is fitted with two wrenches, giving it the appearance of a flying bird. The work demonstrates the artist's sense of boundless imagination and humour.


  • Title: Sculpture series: iron bird
  • Creator: Ha Bik-chuen
  • Creator Lifespan: 1925 - 2009
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Hong Kong
  • Creator Birth Place: China
  • Date: 2002
  • Theme: Animal
  • Physical Dimensions: w31 x h69 x d15 cm
  • Artist Biography: Ha Bik-chuen (1925 - 2009) was born in the Xinhui District of Guangdong, China. He moved to Macau in 1949 and settled in Hong Kong in 1957. As a self-taught artist, Ha began practising art in the 1960s. He excelled in making sculptures, prints, ink art and mixed media works. He was the Founding President of the Hong Kong Sculpture Society, a member of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Society, the Hong Kong Sculptors Association and the Hong Kong Graphics Society. His works were presented in the "Contemporary Hong Kong Art Exhibitions" and "Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibitions" at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from the 1960s to the 1980s, and in his retrospective exhibition "From Common to Uncommon - the Legend of Ha Bik-chuen" in 2011 at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. His works were also widely exhibited in Hong Kong, the USA, Poland, Norway and Yugoslavia. Ha received many awards including the "Award for Arts Achievement (Visual Arts)" (Hong Kong Arts Development Council, 2003) and the Outstanding Award" (10th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, China, 2004).
  • Type: Mixed media (iron and brass)

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