The Melting Pot

Year: 2015

By Kumari Nahappan

Material : Bronze

Location : Indian Heritage Centre

Duration : Permanent

Collection : Unknown

Dimensions : 1.8m x 1.0m x 1.0m

“The form of this sculpture unfolds images, recognisable motifs, and symbols, and speaks of the heritage of  South Asian migrant communities that travelled to Malaya and Singapore. Simple yet profound, the artwork represents a confluence, a cultural ‘melting pot’ of peoples from the region who put down their roots in time called it ‘home’.” – Kumari Nahappan

This sculpture is inspired by the kudam (Tamil: water pot) used for collecting water in South India. While the flowing lines represent ideas and trade networks, the rings of symbols allude to the cultural associations of the South Asian communities that migrated to Singapore.

The kudam is also a reference to the design of Indian Heritage Centre’s façade, which is inspired by the architecture of step-wells or baolis – a place of water collection and meeting for the community. It also symbolises creative energy, germination of ideas, and the meeting of diverse people and perspectives.


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