By Twardzik Ching Chor Leng
Material : PVC
Location : Various locations
Duration : Temporary
Collection : Public Art Trust
Five Stones is a playful public art project comprising large-scale inflatables reminiscent of the familiar childhood game. Igniting personal memories, shared histories and a collective remembrance of gathering around simple play, each stone offers exciting new ways of experiencing art in the everyday, and invites all to engage in the spirit of communal play and openness once more.
The colourful inflatables will pop up at multiple locations in Singapore over a three-month journey: first in Punggol, then across the island in December 2019, before finally gathering in the Civic District for Singapore Art Week in January 2020. Echoing the tossing and gathering of five stones, the movement of the work through our landscape is an attempt to recapture the city’s imagination and inspire the individual through each chance encounter.
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Known as megamendung, the cloud motif is well-known in batik textile designs from the coastal city of Cirebon in Indonesia. Interestingy, its origins can be traced back to the arrival of ethnic Chinese there, along with ceramic wares and fabrics brought from China by ancient maritime trade. Clouds bring rain, and were often used in Chinese art as symbols of life and abundance. Megamendung thus alludes to the coming together of different ethnicities, religions and philosophies that is synonymous with the cultural fabric of Singapore.
Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim
The small triangular bags used for playing five stones are traditionally made with leftover off-cuts of batik cloth, which often portray floral designs. This work features hybrid orchid Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim, Singapore's national flower - a symbol of our vibrancy, uniqueness and resilience.
Mynah and Frangipani
This design was inspired by the taman teratai (lotus garden) motif in Indonesian batik, which depicts herons in a lotus pond at sunset. The scene was common in Chinese paintings, which influenced Japanese visual culture and later became popular in Indonesia's coastal cities through European magazines, when Japanese art was fashionable in the West. Herons and lotus ponds are relatively uncommon in Singapore, however. Here, the artist refreshes the scene with local images of the mynah and frangipani tree - alluding to the intermixing of cultures and influences that has come to define Singapore as a nation.
Have you seen Singapore's national butterfly? Its black wings are strikingly patterned with red dots and white streaks that evoke the five stars and crescent moon of our national flag. The Common Rose Butterfly featured in this design was voted Singapore's national butterfly in 2015.
This geometric print is inspired by vintage window and door grills that the artist remembers from growing up in a HDB estate durin the 1960s to 80s.