Electricity x Culture and Creativity - Pillar Box Revitalization with Art

Pillar boxes are transformed into community artworks to enhance the city's artistic and cultural feel

20 local artists and illustrators from Macau Artist Society and Macao Illustrators Association were invited by CEM to revitalize the low-voltage pillar boxes in late November, and turned the mundane pillar boxes into community artworks, injecting special vigor to the communities.

CEM held the activity in the hope of providing Macau artists with more public platforms for their creativity showcase to push forward the development of local cultural and creative industries.

CEM specially selected 20 pillar boxes located in major tourist attractions and residential areas, including Horta e Costa District, Red Market, Tap Seac Square, and Taipa Old Village, etc.

Citizens are welcome to track these pillar boxes on streets and capture these artworks created by CEM, artists and illustrators for the community.

Past illustrations

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Flow - Allen Wong (Macau Artist Society)
The warrior soul, with its rigid-to-flexible fluidization, is harnessing the rapid build-up of power.

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The House without Dogs - Benny Leong (Macau Artist Society)
Themed on “care”, the painting depicts an empty dog house on a busy street, in hopes that citizens passing by the street will see the painting and care about the future of the animals.


Elated - Cindy Lio (Macau Artist Society)
Even flowers have a temper. When you don’t cherish them, they will be out of your control.


Love - Ho Si Man (Macau Artist Society)
Dove collection. Doves also kiss like newlyweds in front of a church.

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Wind - Lai Sio Kit (Macau Artist Society)
An attempt to interpret the concept of “winding” through colors.


The Light Wall - Sylviye Lei (Macau Artist Society)
The electricity-light transition highlights a basic subsistence necessity in modern society. This work showcases the electricity-light connection in action.


Photosynthesis - Tang Kuok Hou (Macau Artist Society)
Regarding “photosynthesis”, I tried raising questions and exploring the concept of value brought by the use of lights at night on an accustomed society as well as specific daily behaviors of individuals.


QK Travel to Macau - Lio Hak Man (Macau Artist Society)
I expressed the gradual development situation of Macau’s gaming and tourism industries by depicting the Queen and King of playing cards as strolling the streets of Macau.


Aquarium - Lam Tek Io (Macau Artist Society)
I chose to paint the pillar box into a fish tank because I was fond of looking at fish when I was a child. Since Macau never had any aquarium, I thought about turning a pillar box into a water tank.


WITH #3 - Lam Ka Hou (Macau Artist Society)
In hoping to see the world with my eyes through which watchers to see my world.


WITH #1 - Lo Si In (Macau Artist Society)
Graffiti series “WITH” is symbolic of the integration between new culture and tradition, as well as inclusiveness and peaceful manner.


WITH #2 - Kelvin Mac (Macau Artist Society)
Graffiti series “WITH” is symbolic of the integration between new culture and tradition, as well as inclusiveness and peaceful manner.


Bustling Downtown - Christina Kong (Macao Illustrators Association)
The time-weathered Red Market witnessed Macau’s history. The market’s unusual architectural style and the neighboring old-fashioned tea house trigger nostalgic feelings. The bustling streets and alleys, with vendors hawking their items, are enveloped in a busy but harmonious atmosphere.


Jelly Eggs - Peony Wing (Macao Illustrators Association)
It boasts of all sorts of snacks with nostalgic tastes. These low-value things may eventually disappear, but the joy they have brought us is priceless. May you find your precious memories here and share it with your beloved ones.


Open Sesame! - Siomeng Chan (Macao Illustrators Association)
When opening covers of pillar boxes, you will find that they have been quietly contributing to all aspects of life within the community. Life may have its ups and downs, but various past experiences are what make today splendid.


Oasis - Yolanda Kog (Macao Illustrators Association)
The pillar box’s main image is drafted based on a half-body of a girl, whose upward-flowing hair merges with the universe. Meditate here to open up the universe of thought. Even the narrowest of city is unable to restrain the power of imagination. Your imagination is your oasis.


Birdwatching - Ken Ho (Macao Illustrators Association)
The work is inspired by birds, which represent freedom and flight as well as curiosity for the world. The birds’ environment depicted with simple lines makes the lifeless power box no longer dull and brings a sense of vitality to it.


Love Story-Bu loves you - Mini Wong (Macao Illustrators Association)
As we are both cat lovers, we created the cat couple based on our cats at home and featured two different drawing styles. In the meantime, we hope that it can raise public awareness on caring for small animals.
This is a group of creations representing love. Thus, we hope the public will all feel the love.
*This is Ah-Bu surrounded by flowers and plants. He is smiling while looking at his lover, with only his charming eyes revealed.


Love Story-Charming Cat - Hue Peng (Macao Illustrators Association)
This is a group of creations representing love. Thus, we hope the public will all feel the love.
*The one to the right is named Ice Cream, and his background illustrates a European-style pattern. Ice Cream is a black & white cat who loves to look good, and often grooms himself impeccably. He and Bu are gazing at each other, while he also attracts the attention of a group of mice.


Toys of Time Machine - JUNE (Macao Illustrators Association)
As time passes by, many products and toys with cultural implications, such as firecrackers, fireworks and kites, have gradually disappeared. However, from the old poster of the Iec Long firecracker factory, we can see that these toys still have their own charms. The vending machines I drew allow you to buy toys from your childhood and enable children born in the smart era to understand the attractiveness of the toys in the past.


Our Back Garden - Elsa (Macao Illustrators Association)
Coloane is the backyard of the Macau people, and is loaded with everyone’s fond memories. The pillar box is full of childlike interest, with a boy eating Portuguese egg tart and blowing bubbles, a girl holding a dreamy balloon kingdom filled with birds and flowers, and puppies disguising themselves as elephants and dinosaurs. It is hoped that visitors can feel warmth and happiness when they come to Coloane to savor Portuguese egg tarts and admire the view.


Kun Iam Temple - Tramy Lui (Macao Illustrators Association)
With a colorful background,
Kun Iam Temple was outlined in white lines.
Passers-by would feel the inspiration of the paintings.
Enjoy the beauty through the painting.
Restore the peace of mind.

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