Great public art

Well, that’s what The Guardian calls this gallery of pictures, From Ai WeiWei’s Dog to Indian Wall Painting, and I am pleased to see that my kampong kids aka First Generation are in such great company. This is the link to the Guardian webpage.

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https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/gallery/2017/mar/31/ai-weiweis-dog-indian-wall-painting-great-public-art-in-pictures

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Moongates

So pleased to be able to say that there is a new addition to my public works — this is Moongate, installed at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. The Moongate has been in my blood ever since my youthful sojourn in Penang when I saw it in the botanical gardens. I have worked and reworked the idea over many years. Why?

It speaks to me of journeys, circles of thought, cycles of life, thresholds to cross … a simple form that belies the complexities conjured.

Well, here are pictures of some versions of mine, including the Moongate at the Gardens by the Bay that was just installed.

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Moongate II at Boulevard Vue

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Moongate in teak, at NUS exhibition

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Moongate at Gardens by the Bay

From cold to hot

After the excitement of the Cultural Medallion award and all its attendant attention that Fahcheong received, he came back to Canada to the winter.

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Being no bear, he did not, could not hibernate. Instead, it was a little quality time to enjoy being with the family over the holiday period. and some winter activities like snowshoeing, x-country skiing, and yes, even shovelling away the snow from the driveway.

But now, he’s gone from cold to hot — he’s in Thailand, beginning work on another exciting project. Here’s a sneak peek:

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Cultural Medallion

So honoured to be awarded the Cultural Medallion for visual arts for 2014. Grinned from ear to ear, shook the hands of many, received congratulations galore, “chatted” with Mr. President and his wife, flashbulbs popped (do they today?) in my face, interviewed by multi media, saw my larger-than-life face on a billboard … THANK YOU, everyone, for your support.

Having fun in 2013

Looking at 2013 in retrospect, it was a busy and very productive year. It began with preparations for the big exhibition at the National  University of Singapore’s museum in February. No sooner was that done when a bronze sculpture needed to be finished for the Interlace condo at Alexandra. But it was fun making Good Fun!, as we finally called it. It recalls a time when children created their own games instead of relying on store-bought toys and technology.

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Fahcheong with Good Fun!

Good Fun! is about two young boys playing with an adult-sized bicycle. One boy has obtained this bicycle (maybe belonging to his father or older brother) and is pedaling it as best as he can. He has his younger playmate in tow. This other boy is just about to fall off his improvised skateboard when the moment is captured forever in bronze.

Good Fun is the latest of a trio of sculptures that establish Chong Fahcheong as the artist who best and most succinctly captures the good old times of Singapore and keeps them alive in our memories. Fans of the sculptor will know of First Generation, those five naked boys jumping into the Singapore River. And if you visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, look for another bronze sculpture depicting six boys  playing Chang Kuda, a game of piggyback and who’s first to the post!

The power and presence of stone

No sooner had he finished this work than Fahcheong had to switch gears and turn his attention to a very different and demanding task – the creation of a non-narrative work this time, to be achieved in stone.

The result: a deceptively simple sculpture which Fahcheong called Granite Gate. Fahcheong resists the temptation here to do “too much” to his material. Instead, he allows the two large pieces of Vietnamese black granite to impress their monolithic presence upon the viewer, who is invited to walk through this “gate”, to be a part of the sculpture, to enjoy its elegant flowing lines, different textures and polished internal surfaces.

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