Take a look around public parks, and you’ll see many basking in the good vibes of nature, with not many Instagram stories to be found.
That’s going to change soon, as these Instagram-worthy art installations will, no doubt, attract many curious onlookers and influencers.
Here’s what these art installations are, and where you can find them.
Biscuit, Cup-and-String Telephone in Bishan-AMK Park
A half-eaten Marie biscuit is enlarged and dropped randomly in a park. Is this the work of giants visiting in the dead of the night?
No, but it is the work of Daniel Chong, titled “Small Moments”. It aims to highlight the small moments that we took for granted before the pandemic: for instance, sharing a biscuit in a park.
Another work of art, titled “Can You Hear Me?”, puts a spin on the phrase we often hear in Zoom meetings. However, this art is far from a screen: instead, it is an enlarged cup-and-string telephone we used to play with as kids.
This installation by Quek Jia Qi and Aaron Lim invites us to listen attentively to the world around us, a practice that is lost in the age of urban life.
You can find the giant biscuit in the field near the Dog Run Area, and the telephone near the Lotus Pond.
Dream Bubbles in Jurong Lake Gardens
Titled “Our Dreams Must Continue”, this installation by Teo Huey Ling consists of ambiguous shapes that resemble dream bubbles.
Its whimsical and playful shapes, combined with its vivid colours that shimmer under the sunlight, it pokes at the imagination of those who encounter it. Teo hopes that her artwork may instil a sense of positive energy and ease away your worries, exchanging it for inspiration to fill your days.
You can find these dreamy installations at the Forest Ramble.
Boats and Seesaws at Punggol Waterway Park
“Afloat” by Ang Song Nian is an eight-meter long inflatable installation that combines two objects: the paper boat and the mask.
The mask is something that we are all familiar with as the first line of defence against COVID-19. It also symbolises an act of solidarity and a display of willpower to overcome the challenges presented to us.
On the other hand, the paper boat is something that many of us folded when we were kids. It is also often put into bodies of water in many rituals, symbolising cleansing and releasing of fears and desires.
You can find this installation at the Sand Play Area.
Meanwhile, “n o o n (at play)” by Hazel Lim and Adeline Kueh is a set of two seesaws. Taking inspiration from the Sanskrit word lila (लीला), these seesaws symbolise creative play, as well as the bridge between the sky and earth.
As a palindrome, AKA a word that is spelt the same both forwards and backwards, “n o o n” also brings across the idea of balance, whether it be work and play, or nature and urban landscapes.
It emphasizes the inclusion of play as a form of engagement with the public around the park, bringing play and nature into our stressful, urban lifestyle.
You can find this installation in the open area behind Punggol Waterway Point.
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