Date
26 September 2017
Wong (inset top left) says the Red Cross logo is a sign of bad luck. She placed chop boards on her windows (inset, bottom) to avoid seeing it all the time. Photos: Headline Daily
Wong (inset top left) says the Red Cross logo is a sign of bad luck. She placed chop boards on her windows (inset, bottom) to avoid seeing it all the time. Photos: Headline Daily

When the Red Cross is not a welcome sight

When scaffolding came off the new headquarters of the Hong Kong Red Cross, it revealed a handsome building and a red cross etched into a wall.

Residents of West Kowloon are fine with the gleaming new structure but not with the Red Cross logo, calling it bad luck and an eye sore.

Elsewhere in the world, such a symbol of the Red Cross’s presence would have been reassuring to people.

Not to users of the West Kowloon promenade it isn’t, let alone angry residents nearby.

A woman, surnamed Wong, who lives in a sixth-floor flat in Charming Garden across from the building, said she could accept that the sea view has been obscured but she could not help being overwhelmed by the offending logo, according to Headline Daily.

She said she placed a chop board on a window to avoid seeing the sign all the time.

Wong said the huge blood-colored emblem is a sign of bad luck and sought help from her district councilor to do something about it.

Other residents said they felt queasy about it and found the whole experience “disturbing”.

The logo covers an area of 25 square meters — five meters wide and five meters high — and is magnified by cramped space between buildings.

Charming Garden, the nearest building, is only 20 meters away.

James To, a councilor in the Yau Tsim Mong district, said he has received more than a dozen complaints from residents.

While the logo’s purpose is understandable, its massive scale could create a public nuisance, he said.

The controversy has forced the Hong Kong Red Cross into capitulation.

On Wednesday, it said the sign will be covered while contractors cut it down to size — up to 90 percent smaller.

And Wong? She said she’d be happy if the logo was no longer there when the new scaffolding comes down.

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