By Dawn Ng
Material : Calcium silicate board folding with steel diagonal bracing and base plates
Location : Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Duration : Temporary
Collection : Public Art Trust
Conceived as a lenticular billboard nestled within a lush pocket of the park, HELLO STRANGER starts off unassumingly as a static sculpture, but evolves as a physical performance of revelation as one uncovers its intended text by approaching from various directions and proximities.
The prose speaks to the longing of our current generation, who has everything yet is always missing something. It contemplates on what one is looking for in life — Could it be embedded right here within our surroundings all along? Could we all be seeking something intangible, yet authentic and real?
Read in the context of the post-Covid world, the artwork is thus a staging of a tender, surreal peekaboo encounter with words. At once intimate and universal, it seeks to connect with audiences and inspire reflection.
The work is commissioned by the National Art Council’s Public Art Trust as part of “Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us”.