Crossing Shores

Speak Cryptic

First placed in Singapore: 2019

was placed in East Coast Park for one year

Was only meant to be in place for one year, as a Public Art Trust Commission for SG200

Patron: Public Art Trust

Text of the Label:

Crossing Shores, 2019
By Speak Cryptic
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'Crossing Shores' pays homage to the diversity of early migrants who crossed Singapore's shores in search of better futures, and eventually settled to build a new life and home together.
Collectively, they suggest an unending quest for prosperity and journeys from afar. The figure is clad in a garment fashioned after the clothes of indigenous people from the Malay Archipelago, the region in which Singapore – or Tumasik – was part of before becoming a Crown Colony under the British Empire.
Upon closer examination, teh sea of faces, rendered in the artist's evocative monochromatic illustrative style, are contemporary – speaking to the constant drift of migration we continue to experience till today.
The artwork is commissioned by the National Arts Council's Public Art Trust in commemoration of the Singapore Bicentennial in 2019. Can here to discover more about the artwork and upcoming public programmes.
About the Artist
Inspired by the visual language prevalent within the cultures of comics and underground music, the works of Farizwan Fajari aka Speak Cryptic (b. 1980) explore issues pertaining to the human condition. Utilising a cost of characters he has developed over the years, he uses them to express different narratives inspired by his observations on current affairs and his immediate environment.
About the Public Art Trust
The Public Art Trust (PAT) is set up by the National Arts Council with the aim of encouraging Singaporeans to embrace art in urban settings, through commissioning and displaying impactful and meaningful works in public places. ‍
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Last updated: Jul-21-2021

Crossing Shores

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