This section refers to slightly bizarre events. The greatest ego
trip was none of my doing. I had been brought in to contribute a little flair and colour to the biggest Hong
Kong Philharmonic concert ever staged, with the audience gathered around all four sides of Hong Kong’s vast
Coliseum. The Butterfly Lovers was one of the main attractions of the programme so I produced several
hanging metallic banners which ended in stylised butterflies and could change colour. But my involvement in
the concert occurred too late for my inclusion in the programme. So the organisers decided to make use of the
huge central scoring tower and my name went up in lights above the performing orchestra.
On another occasion, Hong Kong’s first regular chopper service to Kai Tak, I was asked to paint a scene of
Hong Kong around 1870 and then to include three of the bright yellow helicopters.
I had been the Mandarin’s resident artist at the same time that I was BOAC’s muralist and then Cathay
Pacific’s travelling artist – their title, not mine. Nearly all the work was focused on attractive travel
destinations, but one of the many projects for the Mandarin involved its third birthday celebration and my
contribution was a huge pond and fountain framed with 2000 red roses flown in by BOAC (BA). The pond
leaked at 2 a.m. while my wife and I were working on an Indian curry festival design for the Harbour Room.
The Mandarin also offered me my only opportunity to design glass engravings. These I did for the
Mandarin’s newly opened nightclub on the top floor. Don Ashton designed the Club and Eartha Kitt
starred in the first cabaret.
There have been many such odd moments in a lengthy design career. The remaining black and white
photographs refer to a commission from the Hong Kong Bank in Brunei. Apart from a mural in the main
banking hall I also produced a metal sculpture to fit into a circular architectural feature in the main entrance.
It stood happily for some time until the local children discovered that once the banking staff had gone home it
could be used as an excellent climbing frame. Thereafter its days were numbered.
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樂會助興，以自己的一點綿力為音樂會畫龍點睛。 是次演出可謂盛況空前，紅磡體育館內座無虛席。 蝴蝶戀人是演奏會中最具吸引
文華酒店還為我提供了玻璃鑲作的唯一設計機會。我為文華酒店頂樓新開張的夜總會作了一些玻璃鑲品。 Don Ashton為夜總會設計
諸如這類趣妙的經歷在一個畫家漫長的設計生涯中還真不少。 畫冊中其餘那些黑白的相片是滙豐銀行委托我作的。 除了銀行大堂的