Date
24 September 2017
The street protest has inspired not only democratic ideas but also art and other forms of self-expression. Photo: HKEJ
The street protest has inspired not only democratic ideas but also art and other forms of self-expression. Photo: HKEJ

Volunteers picking protest mementos for permanent display

Volunteers have been working to preserve mementos from the Hong Kong democracy protest in a sign the street occupation is moving into a new phase.

This came as reports said police are ready to begin a street-clearing operation any time soon.

Most of the work is centered on the so-called Lennon Wall, where messages of support are displayed in colorful sticky notes, an umbrella statue and canopy, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday.

The wall, inspired by former Beatle John Lennon as a peace activist, borrows from the same concept used by protesters in Prague in the Czech Republic during the 1980s in their own fight for freedom from communism. The Czech wall featured colorful graffiti and lyrics from Beatles songs.

Wong Tin-long, one of the founders of the Hong Kong version of the wall, said 20 volunteers are helping collect the stickers.

They are taking photographs as part of plans to recreate the wall as a permanent display. The work is halfway through.

A group of artists and scholars have started a program called Umbrella Movement Visual Archives & Research Collective to house the exhibit.

The program has drawn more than 100 volunteers including Hong Kong Culture Monitor chairperson Clarisse Yeung.

The group will select the mementos that best reflect the democracy movement.

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