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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Public Art

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Walking around under the mid-day sun. PETER sees public arts installed on grass.

  5. PETER (V.O.): These public arts do humanize the built environment.

  6. He stops in front one of them.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It seems that this piece wants to embody me. I need to wait until the Stamp Duty Office reopens after lunch hours.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've forgotten that Government offices close for lunch.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And I don't want to compete with others for a lunch seat either.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This nearby garden is a perfect public waiting place meanwhile. Let me sit on this piece and see if it'd energize me.

  14. Phone in hand, Peter checks his Quora notifications.

  15. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've been very busy. Let me respond to some answer requests.

  16. Act 2


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): "What are some inspirational quotes that aren't realistic?" That's the question.

  19. Pausing.

  20. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): There're many so-called inspirational quotes that make one feel strongly interested and enthusiastic.

  21. Recalling.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I often hear in western mainstream TV that "one person can change the world".

  23. Pausing.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Logically speaking, it's possible. But empirically speaking, it is highly improbable.

  25. Pausing.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Who're the persons that have made the world different? For better or for worse?

  27. Pausing.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For a person to change his/her mentality or behaviour is already hard enough.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Still, a person, if minded, can make a value-added difference eg be creative and possibly to leave a legacy eg in artistic works.

  31. Pausing.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But that would only impact the world positively in a very small way.

  33. Peter surfs the web with his phone.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Here's quote: "No one can change the world. But one and one and one add up."

  35. Thinking.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's true that no one can change the world. As to the suggestion of adding up, for one to add one, as in a positive partnership, is hard.

  37. Thinking.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And if they do add up collectively without centralized direction, they'd behave like herds.

  39. Pausing.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And they might change the world, in a negative way.

  41. Pausing.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To be destructive is always easy, to be constructive is always hard.

  43. Peter is in thoughts.

  44. Act 3


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As one person, the reality is that I can't change the world.

  47. Thinking.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I can change the world of one person. And that's me!

  49. Having typed on his phone, Peter gets up from the piece of public art.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What message does the artist wants to convey?

  51. Peter observes the sculpture again.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ah, I can see "Life" imprinted on the black granite where I've just sit.

  53. Observing.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There're 10 interlocking black and gray granite stones...

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I take that to mean 10 decades of life, with some twists and turns, in the initial six decades, transcending from the age of 70 onwards.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Unlike any person's impact on the world, this life-size art piece made of stones, small as it is, can really make a lasting visible and tangible impact.

  59. Appreciating.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Such personal aesthetic experience aside, this piece of public art has played its realistic public function. l've sit on it for about an hour, refreshing my body and mind.

  61. Peter leaves the garden.

  62. FADE OUT.

  63. THE END

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