Scene at Victoria Park tonight,
the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival
Lantern Wonderland that Victoria Park's football fields
had been temporarily transformed into
The interior of the 10 meter high spherical installation is
a veritable visual wonderland made more amazing by
it mainly being made out of...recycled water bottles! :O
As I write this sentence of this blog post, it's not yet the Mid-Autumn Festival but, as can be witnessed in such locales as Victoria Park, many Hong Kongers are already in a festive mood -- and out en masse to enjoy festive treats such as the Lantern Wonderland, Tai Hang fire dragon 'dance' (parade, more like, actually), the fire dragon dance in Pok Fu Lam (and, especially this year, Aberdeen too) and various other public Mid-Autumn Festival lantern displays.
I don't want to rain on people's parades but I do hope that at least some, even if not all, of the people who checked out the very visually impressive Rising Moon installation in Victoria Park tonight will be inspired by it to be more environmentally aware and be more active with regards to conservation of resources and recycling plastics and other waste materials.
Made out of 7,000 water bottles, Rising Moon is an eye-catching work because of the play of multicolor lighting on its surface and the reflections on the water of the pool that surrounds it but also its sheer size. The shocking as well as amazing fact though is that 7,000 plastic bottles are actually consumed every 15 minutes of a typical day in Hong Kong.
I'm old enough to remember a time when people -- especially adults -- didn't walk around with plastic bottles of water in their hand or backpack, almost as if it was a necessary accessory of urban living. But now so many people move around the city equipped with a plastic bottle of water as if their hike through the urban jungle will have them passing as few places to get a drink, should they need it, as through a bona fide natural jungle.
And while I'm on the subject of waste: to people who still have some mooncakes left, please make sure they're all eaten or to give them to other people who will appreciate them rather than have them go to waste. A 2011 survey estimated that more than 2 million mooncakes get discarded rather than consumed -- and frankly, I consider it a crying shame because, among other things, I love mooncakes, so think it such a terrible, unnecessary waste of a delicious food item!