Art is everywhere if you ask me. The music we listen to, the buildings we see and the sounds we hear. Singapore Art Week 2021 celebrates art in Singapore despite the pandemic. What’s more, some of these installations could be the next Instagram-able hot spot!
Public art installation called Re-written: The World Ahead of Us showcases several installations across 8 areas in Singapore, from east to west. Featuring 14 public artworks by local artists, these works are inspired by the changes in our daily lives due to the pandemic.
These artworks are also accompanied by a virtual engagement component, seeking to offer new points for learning and experiencing public art. Head down and discover how these artists reflected on and imagined post-pandemic future through their creative expressions of hope and resilience.
Jurong Lake Gardens
It Takes Time by Robert Zhao Renhui tracks the development of a young age tree at Jurong Lake Gardens over 11 months. One side showcases a contextual message while the other showcases a series of photographs representing the growing stages of the tree. It celebrates the beauty and simplicity of small changes.
When A Tree Becomes a A Forest by Ang Song Nian displays the intimate interdependency between man and nature. It also shows the collective strength and unity, with a gentle urge to not lose the sight of the forest for the trees.
Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park
Located at Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park, This Time by Perception3 showcases our sensitivity towards time, distance, and proximities. It brings our attention to the present where we are held apart, while sharing a sense of longing together. It also suggests a dynamic and perpetual connection to the rest of the city and beyond.
This next installation serves as a layered puzzle open to decoding and interpretation. Titled ‘ With Dual Possibilities’, this public artwork is by Vertical Submarine. It speaks about the countless amounts of possibilities and uncertainties lying ahead.
Hello Stranger by Dawn Ng speaks to the longing of the current generation, who have everything but seems to still miss something. It showcases what one is looking for in life. Staging of a tender, surreal peekaboo encounter with word, this installation seeks to connect with audience and inspire reflection.
Luxus Hills Park and Lower Seletar Park
Hey, How Are You? By Weimin Lai is a typographical artwork that goes about the fundamental greeting of asking well. These thematic works were written by Singaporean writer Yasira Yusoff, as it helps to serve as a reminder to reach out and embrace our shared humanity.
Ang Mo Kio Linear Park
A public artwork done by Jerome Ng and Zed Haan, BOND explores the evolving interpersonal relationships and social bonds during the pandemic. Furthermore, it reveals variations of how we connect in our daily lives as we live in a new normal.
Sengkang Riverside Park
Showcasing a visual actualisation of the need for a perspective shift in times of crisis, Anamorphic Vibes by Adeline Loo and Cheong Yew Mun poses a reminder of how there will always be a better side to things with displayed words such as ‘anxiety’ and ‘courage’. It also represents shared vulnerabilities and interconnectedness, so as the need to gather strength and walk on together.
Inspired by a publication by Alvin Pang, Every Seed Carries Within It The Dream and The Blueprint of The Whole by Hunny and Lummy reminds us that there is hope, aspirations, dreams, power and strength in every individual, giving them the potential to grow into something great.
Punggol Waterway Park
Distance Will Bring Me Closer to You by Hanson Ho showcases the ‘distant closeness’ we may encounter with a friend, relative or a loved on during the circuit breaker. Painted on the walls at the park, the artwork uses its length and connectedness to echo the message as a appropriate metaphor.
Jian by Cheryl Chiw explores how the pandemic created a pause in our fast-paced lives. It allows us to reflect on how we have lived, and how we choose to move forward.
Seeking to remind us of our shared human experience, Temporary Escapism by Sam Lo introduced little doses of human touch as a way of easing us into the new reality via simple interactions with others and our surroundings.
Lorong Halus Bridge
YELLOW by James Tan and Petrina Dawn Tan reminds us that not only should we appreciate the present but work hard to secure a future as it is a given. This artwork serves as an encouragement for people to look forward and anticipate the warm and positive future.
Head down to these locations with your friends and family to celebrate Singapore Art Week 2021 while admiring these amazing artworks done by our local artists and most importantly, to appreciate art as a whole!