I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Chinatown Arts Space and Asia House, to interpret for renown Singaporean artist and winner of the SUSTAIN award, Chua Boon Kee in his sculptor master class, which took place earlier this week, during the auspicious time of Mid-Autumn Festival. His commissioned sculpture, FLOW, has been installed on the corner where Gerrard Place and Shaftsbury Avenue meet, and was unveiled this afternoon.
When I met the artist for dinner, I was impressed by his cultivation as a scholar as well as his mastery of artistic techniques and aesthetic outlook, and by his humility, tenacity and determination to pursue the artistic path. SUSTAIN being the theme of the commission, FLOW draws inspiration from one of the wisest of Chinese idioms, and one that has profound meanings for many aspects of society – 饮水思源 – when drinking water, think of its source. I hope that this permanent landmark of Chinatown will stand as a reminder of China’s effort towards environmental sustainability. To the Chinese diaspora, I hope it will encourage them to seek out and re-discover their cultural roots.
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