Installation view. Photo Credits: Paolo Ty, Jennis Li Cheng Tien



Social Sculpture
Location: Gillman Barracks, Singapore
Duration: Jan 19 - 24, 2016
Dimensions: twelve 15ft shipping containers, one 30ft shipping container

Social sculpture using twelve fifteen-feet shipping containers and one thirty-feet shipping container A temporary exhibition experience commissioned by by SCOUT, Singapore.

The containers are arranged intentionally so as to alternate the direction by which visitors enter each container. This inserts breathing spaces to form a slow rhythm and a fluctuating encounter with the exhibition space. It also creates a duality of two separated coexistences. The containers are arranged to form a spiral which is intended to break the monotony of the carpark grid — a typical non-place that exists in our urban environment. The atypical arrangement of shipping containers in a spiral form also tends to intensify and enrich the experience of walking through the exhibition.

There are two proposed routes of walking through this exhibition; one is by making a round trip on the periphery of the spiral, another by entering the spiral directly. Two different tracks provide two different sets of artists, grouped according to two main notions based on their artistic practices. The outside route represents artists’ works that deal with society and social concern at large, whereas the inner route represents artists whose works manifest a state of being rooted in visceral and intimate reflections.

This social sculpture is an artwork which uses the creation of a new urban structure to evoke fresh thinking and engagement in public space, exploring art’s potential to transform society and experiences in this domain.

Commissioned by SCOUT, Singapore.