22 June, 2015
Green Art
Eco paints used to bring life to Hong Kong's walls

The eco-graffiti environmental movement is influencing the decisions of people, communities, businesses and industries alike. When you think of graffiti, you probably don’t associate it with something that’s particularly environmentally friendly. However, a recent collaboration between HKwalls and eicó proves otherwise!
In Hong Kong there are many street artworks that have become established, popular sites with residents and tourists alike. In growing numbers people have begun to observe, take photos of, and share images of these places on social media. Enter HKwalls – an annual street art and graffiti festival that aims to provide local and international artists with the opportunity to demonstrate their talent and transform Hong Kong’s walls, merging traditional Chinese culture and modern graffiti artform to transform our city into a stunning work of art – free for the public to enjoy.
The first artwork using eicó paints is located in Stanley by the stairs going down to the market. The piece was created by well-known Australian artist, Amok, and pictures a fish. Eicó paints are not only non-toxic to work with - which benefits both the surrounding environment and the health of the artists - they are also very durable.
As part of the 2015 festival, HKwalls has collaborated with eicó paints to further develop the public art scene and ensure environmental protection at the same time. Eicó, a small company committed to eco-friendly manufacturing, produce their paints in Iceland and Sweden using 100 per cent geothermal or hydropower energy. They offer a comprehensive range of environmentally friendly, ecologically, and ethically sound decorative paints. In order to further reduce their carbon footprint, eicó ships the paints to Hong Kong using empty space on existing shipping routes.
“It’s great to be involved with Hong Kong’s thriving street art scene. These magnificent artworks bring joy to all in Hong Kong. Amok’s artwork is all about the beauty of nature, so it’s right that he should create his art using a product that’s kind to the environment," says Joakim Cimmerbeck, eicó’s founder.
This fantastic collaboration offers another step in the process of transforming graffiti from a tool used by the urban youth to mark territorial boundaries or rebel against political views into an environmentally and socially conscious form of art. This transformational tool is already adding beauty and interest to the surrounding communities in a sustainable fashion, without harming the environment! We can't wait to see what's in store next in this artistic eco endeavour.

By: Tessa Friend


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