2016.6.14 | 長沙灣元洲街 386-392 un chau street, cheung sha wan
題字有寫年份是丙午年，即 1966 年，似乎吻合時代。
i was first drawn to this building by the huge and orderly line of laundry there.
then i caught sight of the calligraphic signage carved on the facade stating the ‘lui clansmen association’
when one sees the name of a company or an organization outside of an old building like this, the signage also marks the site of that organization.
the inscription is full of character and stylish in calligraphy sense. by the right, there wrote the chinese year when this was written; at the end or left of the line, signed by the calligrapher. it said lui kwan-pok.
searching the chinese name online, the wikipedia page of “lui lok” emerged. lui lok was one of the chief detectives chinese in late 1950s and early 60s. he was conned as the “five hundred million detective” due to heavy corruption during his police time. he immigrated before the setup of icac. lui kwan-pok was lui lok’s father. with the limited information found – that father lui was an educated person and the calligraphic signage was made in 1966 – i decided to believe the calligraphist of this powerful signage was indeed mr lui senior.
from seven big chinese characters on a building to a little interesting exercise digging out some old hong kong stories, it is quite deliberating. i hope to share more similar exercises on this blog going forward.