Masonry Wall Trees

by Clare Yow

Taken in Hong Kong, this photograph memorializes one of the many trees that grow out of masonry walls.

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Masonry wall trees (or stone wall trees) were created in Hong Kong between the 19th-century and the second world war in order to alleviate the hazards of landslides. Many of the banyan trees are over a century old.

This work is part of the series New Topographies, a collection of social landscapes exploring ideas around the colonization of nature, the spectacle, and beauty and unrest in the banal. It was exhibited in Vancouver in 2019.

Product Details

  • Material: Inkjet print on Epson Luster Photo Paper
  • Dimensions: 16 inches x 20 inches
  • Unframed and unmounted

Creator Profile

Photo of Clare Yow, woman with glasses and a black t-shirt against a grey backdrop

Clare Yow is a visual artist and photographer whose practice revolves around the politics of identity and being. Through her contemporary art and documentary photography works, she focuses on how race, transnationality, and feminist culture intersect with the everyday.

Clare is a Chinese-Canadian immigrant-settler who resides, works, and parents in so-called Vancouver. See more at and @studioclareyow