Travel Report: OCT-LOFT Creative Culture Park – Shenzhen, China.
February 2018. Art lovers will find plenty to admire about the Chinese city of Shenzhen. After all its parks and squares are full of sculptures, murals and statues, while a half-day visit to Dafen Oil Painting Village is a must for anyone passing through. And then you’ve got OCT LOFT, a so-called Creative Culture Park built from the bones of a former electronics factory in 2005.
February 2018. Oct Loft Creative Culture Park is much like Beijing’s excellent 798 Art District, albeit on a much smaller and less edgier scale. Dive in and you’ll find trendy cafes, bars, restaurants, craft stores and bookshops sit snugly between the studios and galleries.
Here and there you can explore OCT-Loft’s reconstructed traditional townhouses like this one, which have been turned into art galleries and tasteful interior design exhibitions.
February 2018. This shot was taken at OCT-Loft’s Enormous Space Exhibition, an aircraft hangar type structure featuring sketches, paintings, videos and projections “reflecting the modes of expression mediated by China’s urbanisation and personal aesthetics”.
I’m not sure exactly all that means, but the exhibition did allow me to fashion my alter ego…. SHADOW LEIGHTON!
February 2018. For Shenzhen locals OCT Loft Creative Culture Park seems less to do with actual art appreciation and more as a place to be seen. Bored housewives sip on their caramel lattes as unsmiling businessmen order overpriced salads for lunch. And you’ll no doubt bump into a pretty young thing like this in the middle of a photoshoot.
February 2018. Perhaps inspired by frolicking leaves girl, I decided to grab a silly OCT Loft shot of my own. It was a bit of a bugger squeezing myself into the cage’s little cat flap door. In any case I go the photo I needed and my shenanigans caused great amusement to some passing Chinese tourists.
OCT-LOFT Creative Culture Park is free to enter and open daily from 10:00-17:30. For a similar experience, take a look at my visit to Beijing’s 798 Art District.
For more on my adventures in the city, check out my other travel reports on Shenzhen.
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