Perhaps how a
cement ping pong table looked has almost gone from our memory. It was an object
with an unassuming existence: Made of cement, it was rugged, cheap, and would have
weathered a lot of rain and storms. Compared with the ping pong tables in
modern sports centres, it lacked bounce, and was not standard in size.
As the artist remembered,
the cement ping pong table only attracted unskilled, pint-sized players to play
a double game, with an occasional adult to give pointers on the side. Installed
in some covered area in public housing estates, it was the trusted companion in
the childhood memory of many, or even of an Olympic player or two. Now as a
sculpture, it is a tangible form of community participation; as a sports
facility, it has shaped part of the history of Hong Kong sports development.
With each fast-growing community development comes a
stadium with the latest facilities. It’s time for the old-style cement ping
pong table to bow out. But the artist has salvaged one from an old public housing
estate and installed it outside the Tiu Keng Leng Sports Centre. It is not only
for memories’ sake, but also a tribute to the past.
藝術家 | 鍾惠恩、吳家俊、張景威
Artist | Chung Wai-ian, Ng Ka-chun, Cheung King-wai