By Lim Soo Ngee
Material : Bricks, wooden planks and PVC piping
Location : Jurong East Central (Open Field beside Jurong Regional Library)
Duration : Temporary
Collection : Public Art Trust
Dimensions : 2..8m x 1.3m x 1.3m
Jurong is often associated with its ever-developing industrial landscape. This development is not confined to only Jurong itself. It has also very much impacted the overall industrial estate development of the nation through agencies such as Jurong Town Corporation (JTC). Yet, behind the steel and concrete façade, there are many spots in the neighbourhood where nature could still be found. The Wind Chamber is an installation combining what is visual and experiential. In this chimney-like chamber, nature and industry are complementary, not opposing. The artist, Lim Soo Ngee, wants the viewers to listen to the sound of nature while at the same time, from each brick that pieces together the chamber, learn about the forgotten history of the brickwork industry and how it was the inspiration for the iconic old logo of JTC.
JTC Wind Chamber was commissioned as part of the Larger than Life: The Unspoken Histories of Jurong Neighbourhood public art showcase by the Public Art Trust in patnership with the National Arts Council's Arts In Your Neighbourhood programme. The artwork was displayed from 9 November 2017 - 28 January 2018.
About the Artist
Lim Soo Ngee (b. 1962) is currently senior lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore. He earned a Diploma in Fine Art (Sculpture) from NAFA in 1989 before continuing to pursue a Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from Edinburgh College of Art in 1997. Lim’s approach to sculpture is immensely intimate, musing over the different relationships between humanity, the environment and society. As such, his works usually present themselves as whimsical narratives that offer a commentary on the human condition.