2015. Sandblast and paint on granite tiles: 1.6 x 91m
Commission by the Land Transport Authority (Singapore) for Beauty World Station, curated by June Yap
The public art explores in visual form the intersection of written languages from the region, in a reflection upon the cultures that make up Singapore. Referencing the earliest forms of writing, within the 91m long artwork are ‘words’ that may not be read in the conventional sense, but that are suggestive of language and its interwoven nature. Letterforms in Chinese, Jawi, Tamil and Latin are layered one upon another and where they intersect, are rhythmically composed.
The artwork presents the multi-cultural mix of language as the effect of multi-culturalism, and invites the viewer to ‘hover’ between reading and looking, in an understanding that occurs through an aesthetic intuition.