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What's that Shiny Thing Poking from the Sky?

Exploring the artwork found within these few blocks of flats in my neighbourhood left me with more questions than answers.

There is a piece of sculpture that I’ve walked passed many times during my brisk walks at night but did not have the time to really check it out; until one fine and sunny day, when I felt the urge to just shoot a roll of film.

I had only an hour of free time and was wondering where I can go shoot. Remembering this sculpture that I’ve walked past, I decided to head over there to take another look.

Though sandwiched and dwarfed by two old blocks of Singapore’s Housing & Development Board (HDB) flats, this piece of twisted metallic obelisk still sticks out like a sore thumb.

Located at the T-junction of Lorong 2 Toa Payoh and Lorong 3 Toa Payoh, it is hard to miss if you are driving down Lorong 3 Toa Payoh as the glint off metallic surface can blind you at times. But just what exactly is this piece of art doing in a neighborhood like this?

I looked around the sculpture for some info but could not find any. So I searched the internet for an answer. The only mention about this piece of art that I found was from the Capstone Construction website. In a short paragraph, it briefly mentioned that they added ‘sculptural elements to enhance the precinct’. And it was completed almost a decade ago. Well, I have to say it still looks shiny and new!

I then walked around the place and found something strange. I noticed that whoever designed this precinct had a penchant for semi-circles and triangles!

What I did find interesting was this set of triangular signposts/signboards. I loved how old school it was. Take a closer look, the estate’s name was stenciled! I knew I had to document this before the authorities tear it down and modernize the sign!

Walking back, I couldn’t help but take a hip shot of this authority sanctioned piece of artwork. For some, this is graffiti.

written by uncle_jay

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