Parry Ling

凌展騰

Parry Ling

Wood sculptor, Founder of Post Tree Lifestyle
Interests: urban trees

There’s no such thing as an unusable wood material.

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Visual artist Parry Ling, who specialised in sculpture in university, decided to narrow his practice on wood sculptures after graduation. Learning from tree experts, most of Parry's creations incorporate fallen trees found in urban areas of ​​Hong Kong, which not only help him save costs but also reduce waste, as these trees cannot naturally decompose. Some fallen trees are known to be difficult to work with among the industry peers; regardless, Parry believes that as long as the qualities and properties of the wood are fully understood, with a touch of creativity, there is no such thing as an unusable material.

Modelling after the Growing Tree Resource Centre in the United States, Parry set up Post Tree Lifestyle in 2015, a company that promotes recycling, public education, and the artistry and furniture development of wood. Sustainability should not only be about how resources are being used, Parry says; it should also be about creating a financially-sustainable business model to allow for this craftsmanship to grow.

In addition to his own artistic creations, Parry is also dedicated to promoting education, and has collaborated with non-governmental organisations like Friends of the Earth on guided tours on urban trees. Parry was also invited by Hong Kong Drainage Services Department to do a field study and write a report for the Relocation of Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to Caverns revitalisation project, which provided the required information for the tree removal. Such studies could provide vital data on future development projects, and can be used as a reference point to open up new ways to promote education in wood recycling.

木雕藝術家、樹木資源中心創辦人
生態愛好:市區樹木

世上沒有不能用的木料

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大學專攻雕塑藝術的凌展騰(Parry),畢業後開始創作木雕,向樹木專家學習木材知識。Parry的創作大多使用香港市區的塌樹,除節省成本,亦因市區塌樹不能自然腐化,此舉能減少廢料。塌樹中會有他人口中「難用」的木料,但Parry認為只要充分理解木材的物理特性,再加點創意,所有木材必有用武之地。

2015年,Parry參考美國的樹木資源中心,成立集資源回收、公眾教育、藝術創作和傢俬設計於一身的公司「樹後生活」。他認為「可持續」除了指如何運用地球資源,亦包括收支平衡的營運模式,才能將這門手藝發展下去。

除了創作,他亦着意推廣樹木教育,曾與地球之友合作舉辦市區樹木導賞。渠務署的「搬遷沙田污水處理廠往岩洞」工程需移除部分樹木,Parry亦受邀研究並撰寫木材特性報告。這項研究除可供將來工程參考,還會探索用回收木材進行公眾教育的新方法。