Singapore Bicentennial Public Art Commissions

Singapore Bicentennial Public Art Commissions

28 Aug 2019 - 29 Feb 2020

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of modern Singapore, the Public Art Trust has commissioned two imaginative public sculptures which draw on history to highlight a wide cast of contributors to Singapore's development and invite reflections on our future. 


The artworks by Singaporean artists, Crossing Shores by Speak Cryptic and The Time Tree by Robert Zhao were officially unveiled on 28 August 2019 by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. 


Both sculptures will be on view until February 2020. The Time Tree is currently located at Jubilee Park in Fort Canning Park until October 2019, and will travel to two other sites across Singapore after. Crossing Shores will remain at Siglap Canal in East Coast Park until February 2020. 


More information on the artists and artworks can be found at the following pages:   

Robert Zhao's The Time Tree

Speak Cryptic's Crossing Shores

Check out the videos below to learn more about each sculpture, and look out for a third artwork which will be launched in November! 





Like us at @publicarttrustsg, share a fond memory & photo of a tree in Singapore, and tag us with #mytimetree & @publicarttrustsg. The 5 most creative entries will walk away with a limited edition 3D-printed miniature planter*! T&Cs apply. 

Rules & conditions: 

  1. Contest is open to all Singapore residents, except the management & staff of National Arts Council, its agencies, partners, and their immediate family members
  2. Entries must be posted by 8 Dec 2019, 23.59pm
  3. Posts must be viewable to public to qualify 
  4. Multiple entries per person are allowed. 

*Plant shown is used for illustrative purposes only and is not included with the planter.



Curious about what the artworks might mean? Pick up an activity sheet and explore the ideas behind each sculpture further! Suitable for ages 5 to 9.


Download these at the links below:

Activity sheet for Robert Zhao's The Time Tree ]
[ Activity sheet for Speak Cryptic's Crossing Shores ]



Free admission to all programmes. Registration is required for workshops, tours and talks via the links below.
Download our programme flyer here.



All activities suitable for ages 4 and up. No registration required - drop by anytime! 


Design your own Headband

Sat 9 Nov, 4 - 7pm | Marine Cove, East Coast Park 

Decorate your own wearable headband, an accessory donned by many characters in Speak Cryptic's illustrations. Get creative and make a statement! 

Marbling Magic
Sun 10 Nov, 10am - 1pm | Marine Cove, East Coast Park 
Inspired by the sea? Join us for a relaxing afternoon of art-making beside Speak Cryptic's sculpture Crossing Shores, and discover the craft of paper marbling using floating inks. 

Leaf Prints
Sat 16 Nov, 4 - 7pm | The Logs Trail, Jurong Lake Gardens West (10min walk from South Carpark) 
Take a closer look at our environment, and capture your discoveries through clay imprints of local plants! 


Cyanotype Printing 

Sat 23 Nov, 4 - 7pm | The Logs Trail, Jurong Lake Gardens West (10min walk from South Carpark) 

Learn about local flora using cyanotype, a photographic technique that was commonly used to record botanical discoveries during the colonial era. 


All programmes below are open to participants aged 10 and above


Looking Back Forward with Public Art

Sat 26 Oct, 4 - 5pm | The Single Screen, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (Blk 43 Malan Road) 

Join artists Robert Zhao and Speak Cryptic as they reflect on the realisation of their proposals, their artistic approach in the public sphere, as well as the challenges involved in working for an unknown audience.

Mask-making with Speak Cryptic
Sat 30 Nov, 4 - 6pm | Programme Zone, Marine Parade Public Library | Register here
Masks are an important motif in artist Speak Cryptic's work, which often poses questions about one's identity as well as cultural influences that shape who we are. Get creative in this hands-on workshop led by the artist, and gain insight into his ideas and processes! Open to ages 10 and up.

3D Printing Basics: Make your own Coaster
Sun 1 Dec and Sat 7 Dec, 2 - 4pm | PIXEL Labs@NLB, Jurong Regional Library | Register here
Learn the basics of 3D modelling, and create your own tree-inspired design. This introductory workshop will include a short talk by artist Robert Zhao Renhui on the concept and process behind his 3D-printed sculpture, The Time Tree. Open to ages 10 and up.

From 2D to 3D 
Sun 8 Dec and 15 Dec, 3 - 5pm | Programme Zone, Marine Parade Public Library | Register here
Conceptualise your own public art! Transform an idea from sketch to sculpture, and add it to Singapore's landscape through the imaginative use of photography. Open to ages 10 and up.