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The Power of the Free-Hand Sketch: Part 4

August 1, 2010

On September 12th, 2009, I used this sketch of the Chinese Methodist Church at Johnson and Hennessy Roads in a Blog Post titled: “Keep your Sketchbook Handy”. I did this sketch on the 28th July 1993. Here is a photograph of the new church / tower, more than 10 years later, which replaced the church I sketched. Architecturally the design between the two is startlingly different. It is safe to say the replacement is “ugly”, for lack of a better description. I can recall how fascinated I was when I first saw the church back in 1993. It certainly is a disappointment to see the replacement today. Unfortunately I did not have a camera handy when I did the sketch.

Even the rain did not enhance the image of the new replacement church! Haha! lol! Notice that the sidewalk trees were never replaced in the so-called “new landscape design”. Hong Kong developers always “Take” but rarely “Give”.

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2 Comments
  1. Errol Hugh permalink

    The original church should have been designated a Historical Landmark. This is the fate of many Hong Kong historical and cultural buildings. Always “too little too late” by the Hong Kong Antiquities and Monuments Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

  2. Thanks for sharing. Your post is a useful contribution.

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