When a Tree Becomes a Forest

Year: 2021

By Ang Song Nian


Material : Timbre

Location : Jurong Lake Gardens

Duration : Temporary

Collection : Public Art Trust


Try viewing the work from different perspectives!
You may glimpse the character "木" (wood/ tree),  "林" (woods), or even "森" (forest) from an aerial view.


When a Tree Becomes a Forest is a site-specific installation comprising 195 timber structures, each stylised as the Chinese character “木”, which translates into wood or tree.  

An ideogram, the character illustrates the crown (top), trunk (middle), and the spread of  tree roots (bottom). Marrying man-made interventions and natural elements, the artwork embodies the intimate interdependancy between Man and Nature in the age of the Anthropocene - especially crucial in light  of the global pandemic.

Symbolising collective strength and unity, it also offers a gentle urging to not lose sight of the forest for the trees - ultimately, we are 'one' in rebuilding our future together.

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



Image credit: Flyht Studio

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