Focusing solely on the phenomena of trees sprouting from residential buildings in Hong Kong, Wild Concrete compares the living conditions between plants and humans. Such peculiar sight of ‘wild concrete’ is by no means exclusive. They can be found everywhere in the heart of the city: roots spiralling down the external pipes of a Mong Kok loft; shoots lurking behind a window frame of an apartment in Central hills; or branches spreading across a residence in Sham Shui Po, collapsing it from the inside out.
The sense of human alienation and indifference is equally embodied by these clusters of trees standing aloof in midst of the foreign human settlements. On a more positive note, the saplings share the same exceptional qualities as their human counterparts: perseverance, diligence, and independence. Despite the harsh surroundings, both plants and humans strive for upward mobility and a better life with their high adaptability and flexibility.