Spot new works of public art in Singapore’s nature parks
The next time you visit a nature park in Singapore, keep your eyes peeled for 14 larger-than-life art installations in eight nature parks island-wide. The text-based artworks by Singapore artists are on display till 6 Jun as part of Rewritten: The World Ahead Of Us, a public art project by the National Arts Council’s Public Art Trust.
The works revolve around messages of resilience and hope, and they invite the public to consider a post-pandemic future. Here are five not-to-be-missed works:
This part-sculpture, part-pavilion installation by architectural artists Jerome Ng and Zed Haan is located at the Ang Mo Kio Linear Park. Park-goers can enter the pavilion-like space and meditate on a four-part poem that reflects upon strength and solidarity.
Referencing the unprecedented Circuit Breaker period in Singapore last year, this installation comprises two sets of text spanning both sides of the bridge in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. The texts feature the phrase:
“THIS TIME APART / THIS DISTANCE TOGETHER
LONGING FOR THE SKY / REACHING FOR THE SEA”
Evoking a sense of desire for togetherness, the work reminds us of the unpredictability and hopes that life is made up of. The work is done by the interdisciplinary art collective Perception3, comprising Regina De Rozario and Seah Sze Yunn.
[ ] With Dual Possibilities
Shaped like an audio cassette tape, this colourful LED neon light installation is done by the art collective Vertical Submarine. The installation in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park references a line in the poem Fan Fiction by Singapore poet Yong Shu Hoong, with blanks left for visitors to fill in with their imagination. The installation is lit from 7pm to 7am daily.
This sculpture at Sengkang Riverside Park by artistsAdeline Loo and Cheong Yew Mun spell either “courage” or “anxiety”, depending on the viewer’s vantage point. The two words were chosen by the artists for the installation because they are widely mentioned in relation to the pandemic. The installation is made of colourful acrylic thread strung together by hand on an aluminium frame.
This stainless-steel sculpture by Cheryl Chiw is inspired by the Chinese character jian, which is a composite of the Chinese characters for “door” and “sun”, and can mean “in between”, “within” or “room”. The installation symbolises a passageway into a world of possibilities. The public can place their mobile devices in a niche in the structure and listen to the music reverberating in the sculpture’s cavity.
Learn more about Rewritten: The World Ahead Of Us here.
(Photos: Finbarr Fallon, Seah Sze Yunn, National Arts Council, Adeline Loo and Cheong Yew Mun)