WILL YOU EVER ForGet The Name
HONG KONG WILLIE. World Famous Art Galleries in Reuse.
Artist Born for this time, Lived on a landfill as a child. Reuse Became
the way of life. To read the story from the inception of the Name Hong
Kong Willie. Famed, by the humble statements from the Key West Citizen,
viable art from reuse has found its time. To Live a life in the art
world and be so blessed to make a social impact. Artists are to give
back, talent is to tell a story, to make change. Reuse is a life
Hong Kong Willie Art Gallery In Tampa, a reuse Art Gallery.
Artist Kim,Derek,and Joseph. reuse artist that have lived the life and
are meant for the green movement in the world. A gallery that was born
for this time. Artist living a freegan life,art that makes a social
statement of reuse. Media that has a profound effect in making the word
green truly a movement of reuse in the world today and the future.
Hong Kong Willie. The name of the artist. In 1958 his mother took Hong
Kong Willie to an art class. The name started then. An art teacher when
doing crafts out of Gerber baby bottles, made a statement, in Hong Kong
reuse was common. At that time he thought this was very interesting. His
father had low-land, at that time landfills were common also. The
county had told Hong Kong Willie’s father, it was safe, but as we now
know this was not so. Something can come from bad to be good. Hong Kong
Willie the name came from that art teacher impressing on that young mind
that objects made for one use could be for many other uses. Hong Kong
for the neat concept. Willie for an American name. So for many years
Hong Kong Willie had a life of reuse. Hong Kong Willie saw forms in a
different light, His life now was meaningful, knowing this was and would
be his life. Art made from found objects, making less of a footprint on
this world. Art and art teachers, HOW IMPORTANT. For the ones that
have, and the ones who have not. Media can be found. Now 50 years later,
we know now being green is important. We need to look at this very
carefully. Our children and our world need a different understanding.
Objects can be used in many different ways. Hong Kong Willie the tons of
objects in his life that have been used, without much change, So for
that art teacher what she did for my life. Thank You. I still have the
Gerber baby bottle till this day. Hong Kong Willie.
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allurement of the winds blowing in the palm trees and the moon shining
through and the “Black Bird of Key Largo” looking upon.
**HONG KONG WILLIE artist Kim Brown, chose aged Florida
sawmill stock as canvas. Recovered Brass Hanger: Key West lobster trap
rigging. Originally connects and suspends rigging of spiny lobster traps
in Key West waters. Candy-like appearance due to multiple protective
layers. Assigned number in artist register by Fisherman ID tag,
corresponding burn-etched # rear of piece. Key recovered by Robert
Jordan, acclaimed treasure hunter: also in identification of piece and
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Chris Futrell, Florida Focus
TAMPA, Fla. – Have you ever seen the building on the corner of Fletcher
and I-75 with a bunch of buoys strung everywhere? This small business
that many think is an old bait n’ tackle shop is actually Hong Kong
Derek Brown, 26, and his family own and operate Hong Kong Willie. The
little shop specializes in preservation art. The artists don’t take
preservation too lightly either.
“99 percent of everything that has gone into a piece of art has been
recycled and reused,” Brown said.
Just as unique as the art is, so is the company’s name. Brown says the
name was created by his father, Joe Brown, in the 1950s.
“My father being in an art class, being affected by a teacher, they were
melting Gerber baby food bottles," Brown said. "The teacher interjected
that Hong Kong had a great reuse and recycling program even then.”
Brown’s father then took that concept and later added the Americanized
name Willie to the end. And that’s how Hong Kong Willie was born as a
location that offers recycling in a different and creative way.
Hong Kong Willie artists are what are known as freegans. Freegans are
less concerned with materialistic things and more concerned about
reducing consumption to lessen the footprint humans leave on this
“I’m sure everyone has their own perception of a freegan, possibly
jumping into a dumpster or picking up something on the side of the
road,” Brown said. “There [are] people who will have excess. There [are]
also things that can be trash to one man, but art or a prize to another
Brown and his family carry this practice through to their art. It’s his
family’s way of life, turning trash, which would otherwise fill up
landfills, into an art form.
The Brown family gets a lot of their inspiration for their art from the
Florida Keys. In fact, this is where the deluge of buoys wrapping around
the ‘Buoys Tree’ came from, the fishermen of Key West.
“It is Styrofoam, we understand that it does not degrade, but to blame
the fishermen for their livelihood wouldn’t be correct, instead we find a
usage for those,” Brown said.
Brown said there’s a usage for everything, even the hooks to hold the
painted driftwood, which are also salvaged, to the wall are old bent
forks. Everything’s reused here. Purses made out of old coffee bean
sacks to “kitschy,” as Brown described it, jewelry made from old
“Hong Kong Willie truly believes that a piece, whether it’s a bag or a
painted artwork, it’s meant for one person.”