Material : Springstone
Location : Gardens by the Bay (Chinese Garden)
Duration : Permanent
Collection : Gardens by the Bay
Dimensions : 2.5m x 3.8m
This sculpture comes into view as visitors depart the Chinese Garden and walk towards the Malay Garden. Named Diaspora, or li xiang (离乡), which means “to leave one’s native place”, this two-piece sculpture pays homage to early Chinese immigrants who journeyed to Singapore in search of a better life. The first piece has a hollow centre that frames the pond it is placed in front of, which represents the ocean, while the human figure that appears cut out of this stands at a distance away, near the Malay Garden.