While the government has just kicked off a six-week public consultation over the controversial Hong Kong Palace Museum in West Kowloon, the large posters in Hong Kong/Central MTR station to showcase the project were defaced last weekend.
Backed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the walls between Central and Hong Kong stations were covered by the Palace Museum-themed posters last week, and have since been defaced by red hand marks and tank stickers.
The MTR campaign was designed to support TVB’s television programme In Touch with Palace Museum which features the institution’s architecture, imperial rituals, gardens and relics.
Last weekend, after a red hand-print appeared on the display, several staff have been assigned to monitor the site. The display also drew protests on Saturday.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has clarified that the $1.58 million Palace Museum MTR posters are “an exhibition, not an advertisement,” which will run from 4-24 January.
According to HK01, JCDecaux MTR advertising is the agency which undertook the project.
— P H Yang Photography (@TravelFoto) January 8, 2017
— P H Yang Photography (@TravelFoto) January 9, 2017
Marketing has reached out to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and JCDecaux for comment.