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Public art SOVA assignment August 25, 2010

Filed under: Writings — wuhuyumo @ 2:39 pm

David Gerstein
Title Momentum
Year 2007
Medium Painted Steel
Dimensions Height 18350mm x Diameter 11187mm

Background information

Momentum, which stands at 18.35m tall as Singapore’s tallest structure, has finally been revealed underneath its canvas on 20 December 2007. This 44 ton sculpture cost One Raffles Quay Pte Ltd S$2 million to develop. This sculpture is firmly hidden under canvas while construction, triggering the interest of the passerbys. Easch spiral tier is progressively unveiled, leading to the unveiling of the topmost sculpture on New Year’s Eve.

Feldman Method

Momentum is a steel sculpture which shows colourful figures in an upwards spiral motion. This sculpture is generally red, with occasional figures painted in bright colours such as blue, green, yellow etc. Each figure has different postures but generally show a sense of movement. The topmost figure is holding a spiral which gives of circular motion.

The sculpture’s layers upon layers of figures in an upwards spiral motion represent the populations high energy and a continuous cycle of progress. This work pays tribute to Singapore’s present and past generations, for without their toil, strength and ingenuity will not have become the dynamic metropolis it is today. The sculpture signals the vision, continual commitment by everyone to help steer Singapore into a vibrant global city. It is also a goal for Singapore, to be ever-improving gaining momentum along with the world as times change. The bright red colour gives a vibrant feel. Similarly, the bright rainbow colours add live and since each figure is painted differently, it symbolises the different races in Singapore and how we move on in harmony together. The figures are in poses of movement we shows that they have momentum and are everchanging and improving along with the times, to become the global financial hub it is today.

On the whole, though I think the sculpture is slightly out of place to its colourful and lively nature, I think the sculpture serves well as an icon of the CBD area. It adds life and colour to the business district and also serves as an encouragement to the people to gain momentum and continuing to progress. This is the goal of Singapore – to gain momentum along with the world as times change. Therefore, this sculpture successfully describes the goal of the country, serving as a reminder to the passerbys. Its whimsical, lively nature makes it stand out against the city skyscrapers, making it a unique icon of the city.

Environment and adjacent area around work

Momentum is located at Finlayson Green, which is the Capital Business District (CBD) of Singapore. The nearest MRT station is Raffles Place station. This sculpture is located in the middle of a busy cross junction along Finlayson Green, and its 18.35m height makes it a distinct icon around this area. Buildings surrounding this sculpture include AIA building, One Raffles Quay, One Marina Boulevard and Ocean Financial Centre which is still under construction.

Biography of artist

David (Dudu) Gerstein, born in 1944, is an Israeli sculptor. He is a sculptor, a painter and also an illustrator. He is most known for his sculture works, which are located worldwide, though most are still found in his homeland, Israel. He works in different metals and other materials. He creates dream-like figures in an attempt to break down the barriers between art and its audience. Gerstein creates universal colorful and layered images of still-life composition, urban landscapes and human activity, witch always retain local and autobiographical elements.


I think that this sculpture is indeed site specific. The location was first chosen, then One Raffles Quay commissioned David Gerstein to create a sculpture specific to this location. The main reason Momentum is placed on Finlayson Green is in hope that it becomes a landmark and icon for Singapore’s CBD district. I think the sculpture do serve this purpose as it shows many of the qualities of a blooming business district. It is in the heart of the CBD district so as to enhance the character of the city, and to act as a landmark for Singapore’s business and financial district. Developer of this sculpture, David Martin announced that “We hope the Singapore public will embrace this distinctive sculpture and in the fullness of time we believe it could become as iconic for Singapore’s business and financial district as the ‘Charging Bull’ sculpture is for New York’s Wall Street.”

Personal response

I like the sculpture as it well portrays the goals of the Singapore CBD. The sculpture suggests progress and improvement, which is what the CBD area is doing -to improve Singapore as a world renowned financial hub. The sculpture is also applicable to Singapore culture, with rainbow coloured figures which in a way represent the different array of races in Singapore. Thus, it shows a harmonious Singapore moving forward as a whole. The Christmas tree –like figure also reminds the public of its origin, as it is first unveiled on 20 December and the whole sculpture is unveiled on New Year’s Eve. The unveiling of the sculpture was quite an important and grand even back in 2007 and therefore, it can said that the unveiling of the sculpture is an event in Singapore history.

Also, I think this sculpture is beneficial to the CBD area as it adds life to such a serious business district. Momentum is a very lively, whimsical sculpture and would make its stand well amongst the skyscrapers of the city. It contains deep meanings yet it reminds the passerbys of the lively side of Singapore.


Decisions, decisions

Filed under: Inspiration,Writings — wuhuyumo @ 2:34 pm

I am currently at a dilemma for my coursework, as i am unsure of the exact tone i want to portray through my installation. Currently Ms Yap and Mr Chang suggested 2 different ways to present it and i cant pick!

One option is to paint the hand signs in different bright and glossy colours, so as to capture the viewer’s attention, which is what the phrase “Speak to be heard” is about. Bright glossy colours will attract more attention and may send out the message better compared to a subdued white.

Possible colour scheme, bright and glossy

On the other hand, another way of interpreting “Speak to be heard” is to say that you do not have to actually speak out loud, as in the case of the deaf and mute (thus the hand symbols), yet silence speaks and makes a impact. Thus, despite that white may be dull and subdued, and not “heard” not “seen: easily, it still makes a point and is in defence of these deaf and mute people, seeking to inspire them.


Inspiration for coursework August 24, 2010

Filed under: Inspiration — wuhuyumo @ 3:30 pm

My first inspiration for my coursework came when i was clearing the house and i found my hand sculpture done in Secondary 2, when Mr Gan invited an external teacher to teach us casting. It left an lasting impression, as back in 2007 and 2008, our Aep class still undergo some mess for art lessons, such as doing Impressionism for 2 whole years and not doing much in art. Thus, casting was a new experience for the then secondary 2 us, who have barely covered anything in art, and as a Secondary 4 student, i was eager to revisit this medium.

Also, i read an exhibition design book and an exhibition by Archea caught my eye.

It is an exhibition for architect and design, done in 1992.

Also, I am deeply inspired by the CIP that i do. I volunteered at the Singapore Association for the Deaf, which assists the Deaf to achieve a better quality of life and to enable them to integrate and contribute to society. I feel inspired for this people, how they strive hard in life despite their impairment. For cca, I also performed once at this event which is to raise funds and awareness for the deaf. As a performer, it certainly raised awareness for me, and i would like to spread this message, to inspire and motivate these people.

Another inspiration is Guido Daniele She is rather famous for her hand paintings which are quite widely circulated around the internet such as

Despite the fact that her work is quite different from mine, but through my coursework and hers, i realised the importance of hands, especially to an artist. Our ideas for art might come from our brains but it is executed using our hands, and thus, our hands play a crucial role.



Filed under: artworks,Writings — wuhuyumo @ 1:51 pm

Name of Artist: Pablo Picasso

Background: Pablo Picasso (1881 — 1973) was a Spanish artist and a prominent figure in the Cubist world.

Artwork chosen: Weeping Woman, because we studied this in Sec. 1 and have a fond first impression of it.

Proposed work: We have decided to make a pun out of Picasso’s name and turn Weeping Woman into a savoury pizza!

Here is a reproduction of Weeping Woman:

And a sketch of our original idea, which was to reproduce Weeping Woman in the form of vegetables atop a circular pizza base:

We have modified our original idea.  Instead of the pizza being the final product, our product will now be photographs of ourselves posing with pizza slices, much like the Weeping Woman is holding her handkerchief.  The pizza slices we will be holding will be cut out in angular shapes to emphasise Picasso’s signature Cubist style.

Ingredients: 3 12″ pizza bases, green, yellow and red capsicums, ham, tomatoes, pineapples, Mozzarella cheese, tomato paste, olives (for the eyes)


This is the final of our pizza. I think it was not that successful as to  portray the “Weeping woman”, but we did try our best to show the distinct characteristics of cubism, such as the choppyness etc. We used bright colours and our materials on the pizza are made out of various colours such as pink (ham), green ( capsicum), yellow (pineapple), red (tomato). We wanted to use blueberries at first as blue makes up a great part of the painting, but we took into consideration the taste of the pizza and figured that blueberry probably won’t taste good baked (unless as a cake xD)

Also, due to time constraints and the fact that everyone was too hungry, we didn’t get to pose as the weeping woman 😦 However, most people understood the gist of Picasso’s work through our pizza so i would still consider it an success ^^