By Speak Cryptic
Material : Fibreglass
Location : Siglap Canal, East Coast Park
Duration : Temporary
Collection : Public Art Trust
Crossing Shores pays homage to the diversity of early migrants who crossed Singapore's shores in search of better futures, and eventually settled to build a new life and home together.
Multiple faces of different ethnicities and origins are clustered together to form a single figure, emerging from the water and bound for land. Collectively, they suggest an unending quest for prosperity and journeys from afar. The figue is clad in a garment fashioned after the clothes of indigenous people from the Malay Archipelago, the region in which Singapore - or Tumasik - was part of becoming a Crown Colony under the British empire.
Upon closer examination, the sea of faces, rendered in the artist's evocative monochromatic illustrative style, are contemporary - speaking to the constant drift of migration we continue to experience till today.
The work is a commission by the National Arts Council's Public Art Trust in commemoration of the Singapore Bicentennial in 2019.