Woman Mural - Szabotage Street Art

Original love

Street art

From Brighton to the back streets of Hong Kong, Szabotage quickly became notorius on the street art scene across the world. Painting for love or specially commissioned pieces, his notorious bold colour can be found on walls around the world.

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Hong Kong on my Mind

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Hong Kong on my Mind Mural - Szabotage Street Art

HONG KONG ON MY MIND

Hong Kong

TST

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

The giant koi

Story of the koi

Back in 2013, Szabotage found the perfect wall in Sai Ying Pun to paint. The owner of the wall requested that he paint a koi but they couldn’t agree on a design. The owner told Szabotage that he “couldn’t paint fish”! Szabotage took this feedback onboard and invested the time to perfect the koi and painted them across walls in Hong Kong.

Szabotage has taken the koi as his emblem, a symbol he has come to identify with himself.  “The koi jumping out of water is jumping out of its comfort zone, from water to air. It is enjoyment, it’s invigorating. There’s a sense of jubilation and freedom in its movement.”.

The koi has important symbolic meaning in traditional Chinese culture. The fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream.    

Characteristics associated with the koi, such as courage and perseverance are reflected in Szabotage's art, with boldness, strong symbolism and a powerful colour palette.  

Coming full-circle, the Koi is now sought after, with an entire wall created in dedication to ‘the fish’ on Eastern Street in Sai Ying Pun.

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Gold Box

Hong Kong

Koi

Hong Kong

Lion Dog

Hong Kong

koi Stamp

Beach Babe

Torquay, Devon, UK

Q Dining

Queens Road, Central Hong Kong

Woman

Hong Kong