When a Tree Becomes a Forest
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 - Sun, 06 Jun 2021
Suitable for all ages
When a Tree Becomes a Forest is a site-specific installation comprising 195 timber structures, each stylised as the Chinese character "木" which translates into wood or tree. An ideogram, the character illustrates the crown (top), trunk (middle), and the spread of tree roots (bottom).
The work is commissioned by the National Art Council's Public Art Trust as part of "Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us
When A Tree Becomes A Forest (2021) By Ang Song Nian
About Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us
"Rewritten" presents 14 text-based public artworks by Singapore artists, some of which inspired by local writers and literary works, contemplated the multitude of changes - from minute to the tremendous - experienced in our daily lives since the onset of COVID-19. Distributed across selected parks and gardens on the Coast-to-Coast trail, the artwork resemble visual poetry unfurling across the island, aiming to inspire, uplift and encourage.
About the Artist
Working extensively with photography and installation, Ang Song Nian (b. 1983) is intrigued by human interventions on landscapes, and the traces of human existence and consciousness brought to light by natural phenomenon. He currently lectures at the School of Art, Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University.