The Occupy protest site in Admiralty has a new attraction: A hand-crafted replica of Lion Rock that has come to be widely seen as reflecting the defiant spirit of Hongkongers.
The model of the iconic hill, which made global headlines recently after the government tore down a huge pro-democracy banner from the rockface, is attracting huge number of visitors and helping draw fresh messages of support for the student activists camped out on the streets.
It was created by a person named Ray Ng Siu-wai, who said he was inspired by the move last month by a 14-member group to climb Lion Rock and hang a large yellow banner calling for genuine universal suffrage.
After the feat was reported in the media, the government sent a team the next day to tear down the banner, saying it was illegal.
Ng spent a week to craft a 1:144 scale replica, complete with a yellow “I want genuine universal suffrage” banner and even tiny protesters holding aloft yellow umbrellas on top of the hill.
“[I hope] every Hongkonger can contribute in his/her own way to the movement,” he told Ming Pao Daily.
The scale model was made of Styrofoam and plaster. Ray first carved a rough shape of the Lion Rock, and then covered it with a Gypsum layer to create a texture of mountain rocks. He then colored it with spray lacquer and put on decorations like mini trees, grass and climbers.
And lastly, he strung the yellow banner.
Ng is said to have been among the protestors who suffered police tear gas and pepper spray on September 28.
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