Monday 15th July 2019

    Planting rice is a subversive art form in land-starved Hong Kong - Quartz


    Think Hong Kong and images of farming do not likely come to mind. The high-density city imports nearly all its food and features the world's least affordable housing. Meanwhile most land is owned by the government, which sells it on leaseholds and keeps prices high via the slow and pricey release of buildable real estate.
    In such a setting, the simple act of planting rice can be a form of protest, as demonstrated by environmental artist Monti Lai. In the past four years, Lai has been going around Hong Kong's 18 districts planting rice in publicly owned pots not meant for that purpose, whether along roads or outside government buildings and subsidized housing estates.

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