It Takes Time

Year: 2021

By Robert Zhao Renhui


Material : Lightboxes

Location : Jurong Lake Gardens

Duration : Temporary

Collection : Public Art Trust


Some say that COVID-19 is a stark reminder of our maladaptive relationship with nature. If the pandemic is linked with nature, so should our recovery. Now, more than ever, we should learn to connect with nature and take a slower approach.

It Takes Time is a durational public art installation that tracks the development of a young tree at Jurong Lake Gardens over 11 months. One side bears a textual message while the other presents a sequence of photographs of a growing tree, one to be unveiled every month. The work celebrates the beauty and simplicity of small changes and documents them in a way that engages and uplifts viewers.

Each time, one may notice the illumination of a new light box, signifying a continuous process of growth and change, which is the hopeful message of this artwork. Nature has gone on before, is going on and will go on. We can find some comfort in that.

The work is commissioned by the National Art Council’s Public Art Trust as part of “Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us”. 

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