About this event
Join us in a special launch event for three wood sculptures by Mr Chong Fahcheong, which are situated around the YST Conservatory entrance. Hear from Fahcheong about his works in a conversation moderated by Prof Bernard Lanskey, Dean of YST. His book, titled Fahcheong: The Art Book will also be available for purchase during the event.
About Chong Fahcheong
Sculptor Chong Fahcheong received the Cultural Medallion – Singapore’s highest artistic accolade recognising artistic excellence and contributions to the national cultural landscape – in 2014. He is perhaps most famously known for First Generation, a bronze work of five young boys at play jumping into the Singapore River. Besides bronze, Fahcheong also works in wood and stone. Born in 1946, Fahcheong is conscious of how he is very much a creature of his time and place. His works often comment on societal issues, and explore his Asian and specifically Singaporean heritage.
Learn more at fahcheong.com.
About the sculptures
Made to Measure (2012) was inspired by Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, in which the measure of a man – the dimensions from his outstretched arms and legs – describe a circle as well as a square. With this in mind, Chong decided to make a cube that would be sized according to his dimensions – Made to Measure is exactly his height. It expresses the idea of a self-made person, that it is important to create one’s own destiny and be responsible for one's own path in life, rather than to be a passive vehicle steered through life by the hand of God.
Pa Kua (2012) explores one of Chong’s favourite themes, which is the idea of journeys and transitions. While it is shaped like the eight-sided Pa Kua (八卦) symbol which is linked to Taoist cosmology, Chinese martial arts and fengshui, this form is intended to suggest a gateway or portal that one can go through, rather than a talisman that wards off demons.
Panem Nostrum Quotidianum / Our Daily Bread (2012) is a spoof on society’s fixation on fulfilling one's own needs and desires. The Latin phrase Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie comes from the Christian Pater Noster (the Lord’s Prayer). But this is a very worldly prayer; the beads are carved with symbols of well-known consumer brands and strung together like an abacus – the instrument of commerce, the commerce of life.
• Admission is free.