Bruce Lee Residence – results announced.
I originally wrote this post in 2010 (the results were announced in January of that year) before all the kerfuffle broke out and the museum hot potato was quietly dropped by both interested parties (or perhaps more appropriately: uninterested) in the hope no one would notice.
Mr Yu (a.k.a the property owner, or as I like to call him – the sneaky two-faced lying b’stard) was the official sponsor of this completely pointless competition and was on hand at the award ceremony (it took place on Jan 23rd) to assist in handing out the prizes. The competition ran from the 20th July 2009 (the anniversary of Bruce’s death) until October 2009. Now, I didn’t attend the event – largely because there was absolutely no publicity regarding it – but I did make it to the post-awards exhibition that showcased all of the entries.
It’s a good indicator of Lee’s enduring popularity that entries were received from all over the world from a variety of individuals and companies – ranging from professional designers and architects to the simple, but artistic, man on the street. Hence why the competition was split into two groups: open and professional.
The main problem I had with this competition at the time was that it was nothing but a huge publicity stunt. It was staged to merely solicit ideas rather than reveal a winning design that will be implemented. It’s a shame because I went around the post competition exhibition today and there are some absolutely cracking designs on display (there were over 140 entrants). Of course, in hindsight I can see that the whole thing was just some sort of ego-massaging undertaking for a sad old man who really had no intention of donating the house at all.
What became of all these entries? Well, they had a couple of small-scale post-competition exhibitions around HK (this was in City Hall, but they were also later displayed at the TST Cultural Centre and also Shatin Town Hall) but then disappeared into the either. It will be interesting to see if any were kept and make it into the planned Bruce Lee exhibit at the Shatin heritage Museum (keep checking back on my blog for details about when it opens later in 2013).
What has happened to Lee’s old house in the meantime? Nothing. Sneaky two-faced lying b’stard threatened to sell it again in 2012 citing that his Love Hotel tenants hadn’t paid their rent in two years, but I have since found out this isn’t the case and I suspect he was just trying to gauge the Govt (and local fans’) reactions. I think he met with stony silence. Anyway, time will tell how it pans out.