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2010: Curatorial consultant for art & architecture aspects. In collaboration with FARM Architects (Singapore). Commissioned by National Museum Singapore, National Heritage Board, Singapore, 2010.

The Tree was a temporary public sculpture erected as one of a series of highlights for the Night Festival in 2009. It stood for three months adjacent to an old banyan tree on the National Museum’s front lawn. It is to this tree that The Tree pays homage. A large tree-like object made of rectangular steel boxes and light tubes, The Tree was part interactive sculpture, part architecture, part landscape design and part playground. When exposed to external noises, sensors attached to the structure triggered the light tubes, causing a pulsating hypnotic visual pattern. The design brought together technology, site and historical contexts, people and the energies of the city in an unexpected way. The Tree won Design of the Year 2010 at the President’s Design Award.

 

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