Friday, November 11, 2016

'A World United'

It was a hectic morning that began at 7am stuck in boardrooms. Needed to get some fresh air. Glad for the change of pace and temperature at mid-day when strolling out to lunch. Glad it wasn't raining and even though it was cloudy, it was nice to feel the UV rays on my skin.

Walked by the Promontory at Marina Bay and stopped at this public art sculpture. I've never seen it till today. It was much later that with a tinge of shame, I realized that it's one of the two winning artworks commissioned by the City Development Limited (CDL), Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Committee in August 2010.

This is titled 'A World United', created by ceramicist and sculptor Huang Yifan, then 22 years old. He's 29 now and is still a full-time artist. The installation reflects the 26 sports of the Youth Olympic Games, illustrating the ideal of peace through sport, encouraging mutual respect, and ideals. The second installation at the other end is titled 'Breathe'a 33ft-tall kinetic wind sculpture created by artist and designer Edwin Cheong, then 36 years old.

Haizzz. I've been in a bit of a funk all week, and sighing deeply all of yesterday... not exactly struggling to understand why the electorate voted the way they did. I get that. Analysis is what I do at work, whether I agree with a course of action, or not. I have to distill it into its pros and cons and lay it out there, for someone else to decide what they want to do with it. But it's still staggering to see political theater play out in full glory, at how some countries are so influential to the extent that their Presidents and policies could affect the world's economy, and our minuscule existence and insignificant lives.

Well, I definitely needed this reminder, beautifully placed outdoors today.  

Huang Yifan's 'A World United' (2010) measures 4m in height and 1.5m in width.
Material: Stainless steel and 2K auto paint. 

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