By James Tan and Petrina Dawn Tan
Material : Yellow PVC, steel unistruts
Location : Punggol Waterway Park
Duration : Temporary
Collection : Public Art Trust
And yet, some of your young opt out, niggling,
‘You are not green enough,’ They love, (you know),
Parks where spring contrives to give to green
A shine that does not yellow easily.
Few, few don’t know that green can be greener,
Or yellow, yellower. If we cannot choose,
Entirely, which flowers will grow wild on our soil,
We can, at least, graft blossoms for new homes.
- Excerpt from Robert Yeo’s Poem Those in Urban Yellow (2012)
Inspired by the poem above, this immersive artwork is set against two different directions of the bridge. The first stanza of the poem lines the vantage point for dawn while the last stanza faces the direction of dusk.
The two sets of uni-PVC drapes, akin to “viewing curtains”, bathe the Punggol-Serangoon Reservoir skyline in a warm glow which intensifies and cools off at various timings of the day. Their gently undulating curvatures resemble an impression of nature silhouetted during sunrise and sunset. By nightfall, a subtle glow emanates from LED strip lights coloured with yellow lighting gels.
YELLOW poses an encouragement to people to look beyond today and anticipate a warm and positive post-pandemic future. Not only should we cherish the present, but also work hard to secure a future often perceived to be a given.
This work is commissioned by the National Art Council’s Public Art Trust as part of “Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us”.