The University was invited by a non-profit organisation, Ocean Recovery Alliance, to take part in a unique public art installation project called “Grate Art”, which seeks to enhance public awareness of the dangers of drainage pollution.

HKBU was the only participating organisation to use self-designed ceramic art tiles to promote the green message. Director of Estates Mr Lam Long-chau and a group of HKBU student green ambassadors recently installed 50 ceramic art tiles next to the grates along the gutters on campus to raise the concern of the University community about the detrimental consequences of drainage pollution.

The University invited Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) alumna Ling Lin to design the ceramic tiles, which have three artistic patterns with environmental messages such as “No Pollution, Drains to Ocean” and “Only Rain, Fits this Drain”.

In addition, the University sought the assistance of “Useless Studio”, a workshop operated by AVA alumni, to collect clay left over from producing ceramic works and turn it into the tiles, thus making good use of otherwise useless clay and also reducing consumption of raw materials. This practice truly reflects the idea of sustainable low-carbon culture and environmental recycling that the University embraces and effectively integrates green elements into art initiatives.