Hong Kong residents cannot bear cross

A three-metre high school crucifix erected on the facade of a Hong Kong Catholic school "looks like a sword pointing at us" according to local residents who have taken feng shui measures to mitigate the effect.

Antara News reports that locals living close to the Marymount Primary School have complained that the crucifix, a mock-up of which is currently in place, is reminiscent of a funeral home or cemetery.

They have complained to several government departments, but officials said the cross did not break planning rules.

Resident Vivien Shiu said: "We do not want to bear this cross every time we look out of the window." Another resident, Elsie Kerr said: "It looks like a sword pointing at us."

Another resident, Sophie Lo, added: "It is even worse at night. This cross makes the school look like a haunted house. It is so scary."

Most of the nearby residents have taken feng shui counter-measures such as placing plants, fish bowls, coins or running water decorations on windowsills. Owners of one building installed two stone lions at the entrance to the building to ward off negative spirits.

School principal Julia Ma has considered the complaints but is going ahead with plans to erect the giant metal cross on the facade of the school.

"Our architect said we cannot have a bare wall, while reducing the size of the cross will disrupt the overall design of the school building," Antara News reported her as saying.

Feng shui experts called in over Catholic school's crucifix (Antara 23/7/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Marymount Primary School website
Marymount Primary School Hong Kong (Wikipedia)

24 Jul 2006