When Esplanade opened its doors in 2002, veteran Singaporean sculptor and Cultural Medallion recipient, Han Sai Por, planted a series of four Seeds on the centre’s landscape. She has continued to exhibit with Esplanade several times throughout the past 12 years.
Like one who sows and nurtures seeds with love and care, Han has pursued her art-making with a perseverance and dedication evidenced by her numerous exhibitions and prestigious awards over the past three decades. At 72 years of age this year, she is more active than most younger artists and insists on making all her own works whose physical demands are enough to send a 20-year old running away after only a day’s attempt at assisting her.
Han’s signature stone sculptures always exude an intense, quiet determination beneath the solidity of the material; a sense of undying love for and obligation to the natural environment is apparent and the hard rocks are softened by their forms through her delicate hands. Her work has always centred on man’s rapid destruction of the natural, native environments in harsh, urban landscapes. Approached to work with Esplanade once again for the occasion of Singapore’s jubilee year, Han has adopted a lighter and more celebratory note, gathering a fruitful Harvest to mark Singapore’s golden 50th anniversary and the beginning of the next 50 years to come.
This large-scale multiple media installation features Han’s work in various mediums like clay, paper and fibreglass light sculptures dotting the Esplanade’s Concourse steps and main forecourt entrance.
Venue: Esplanade, Concourse Steps
When: 1 Aug 2015 - 4 Jan 2016,