By Hanson Ho
Material : Wall Paint
Location : Punggol Waterway Park
Duration : Temporary
Collection : Public Art Trust
Distance Will Bring Me Closer To You is a site-specific installation which reminds many of us of the ‘distant closeness’ which we may have experienced with a relative, friend or a loved one during the recent circuit breaker measures.
This may have taken the form of a rare phone call from a relative checking out how we are doing at home, an unexpected delivery of bubble tea couriered to us by friends and colleagues, or a Zoom conversation which proved to be more focused and memorable than a physical meetup which we often take for granted.
The textual mural, installed onto a 32-metre long wall at Punggol Waterway Park, uses its length and connectedness as an appropriate metaphor to echo the message of the artwork, while the surrounding flows of human traffic become a part of the installation.
The work is commissioned by the National Art Council’s Public Art Trust as part of “Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us”.
Image credit: Darren Soh