As one of the city's most popular hair salons in the 60s, the Shanghai Sun Ngah Monaliza Hair Salon has welcomed everyone from local singers to international stars through its doors. It is no surprise though, as salon owner Mr Ngan is known for his passion and top-quality services. He even imported Japanese barber chairs – an expense that equalled to two flats in a tenement building back in the day – to ensure the comfort of his customers. Contrary to the common belief that barbershops are for men only, this salon was actually wildly popular with women decades ago. The shutter art accordingly alludes to the salon's evolution from having mostly female customers back in the day, to these days serving mostly males.
Whether it's art galleries for photography, vibrant street art, or independent art spaces, Hong Kong is drenched in art and creativity everywhere you look. But did you know that there are tons of great art that's hidden away from plain sight? We're talking about shutter art.
Organised by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, HK Urban Canvas is a community art project dedicated to putting a spotlight on small local businesses. Using shopfront shutters as a creative canvas, each of the shops and its unique historical contribution to the city is brought to life via these artworks. Here are just some of our favourites.
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