1.KOWLOON MARKET

‘Around the globe,

dragons are known

as large, serpent-like

or other reptilian beasts,

mostly with four legs.

But their meaning varies

from time to time

and place to place.’

2. GOLDFISH

“Animals are good to think with’,

wrote the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss.

The associations they carry

give them profound meaning and

power in the belief

systems of people

around the world.’

3. TRAIN VIEW

‘Sightings or relics of unusual animals

can give rise to belief

in fantastic creatures.

With the world so full of wondrous

diversity,

who can be sure that even

the most unlikely

creature

does not exist somewhere?’

4. MTR (SUBWAY)

‘People have often imagined

weird and wonderful

creatures living beyond the borders

of the known world.

They are a sign

of our fascination

with the dangers that lurk

just over the horizon.

Even today,

with every corner of the globe

known and explored,

we continue to speculate

about

the aliens of outer space.’

5. NEW TERRITORY HIGH-RISE

‘Fantastic beings are often a source

of fear. But people can harness

this fear

for their own protection.

To ward off evil,

scary creatures are placed on roofs,

at entrances or crossroads,

or suspended above cradles

and placed into tombs,

or are worn as jewelry

or as a pattern on clothing.’

6. ABERDEEN HARBOUR

‘People have often explained

and tried to influence

the dangerous and unpredictable

environment

by linking it with the supernatural beings.

Mermaids, the kraken and other mythical marine creatures

dramatically express the power

of water

and the dangers

of sea travel.’

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