Intrigued by this month’s Art theme, I started to re-look at the surroundings while taking the beaten path on a daily basis. To be more precise, I started to look out for publicly displayed art, sculptures and even logos that somehow go unnoticed in Toa Payoh, Singapore.
It is common to find a pair of stone guardians protecting its tenants or visitors entering a building or public place. But at a particular block of residential flats, you don’t just get the usual pair of stone lions, you get the majestic Dragon guarding you!
And not too far away, right next to a sheltered pathway that sees heavy human traffic on a daily basis is a surprise find. Who would have imagined finding a painting of a green plant crawling up an obscure space? I only spotted this when I looked in that direction. What luck!
Then, I noticed a pattern. These blocks of flats have adopted the leaf as its logo. It could be found everywhere.
In our busyness, we often forget to look up. But when we do look up, what we find can sometimes surprise or remind us of what we almost forgot existed.
Yet sometimes, even in a public place, you do have to look hard to find pieces of sculpture. Take artist’s Chong Fah Cheong Mama’s Precious One sculpture for example. It’s found in a small open air rest area that many people would not normally walk past unless they were using it as a short cut.
And while you’re there, meet its neighbouring sculpture of three giant balls. I’m not sure what it’s suppose to convey but I took a snap anyway.
These are just some of the art work that I found while taking the beaten path. How about you? What do you see when you’re on your way to work, school or play?