Save Rooftop Tree 23 Temple St (廟街廿三號天台樹關注組)
2012 ‧ Shanghai Street Culture Space and neighbors, Hong Kong
- Arboricultural placemaking ‧ streetwise petition ‧ participant-led documentation ‧ collective curation
Commissioned by Wooferten (活化廳) Art+Activist Residence, in collaboration with neighborhood concern group including Kwan Hoi Wang, Kobe Lam, Stephanie Au, Justina Woo, Michael Leung, Fangi Vong, and Chung Fung Lee.
The mighty green of the fig tree atop the vacated Tong Lau building in Yau Ma Tei made into a living landmark. When the municipal tree management refused to grant official protection status requested by the artist-led petition campaign, this pioneer plant of unknown origin needed to be re-membered otherwise. In a collective appeal, surrounding residents were asked to photograph the fig tree from their home windows, leading to 50 personal viewpoints and neighborly documentation before its tragic removal.