2015-03-23

Sculptology: Angsana Aesthetics (BARRA Monument at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman - Open Ideas Sculptural Competition)

Filed under ideas.


Brief called for monument ideas at Jalan TAR in front of SOGO with area of 6sqm, not higher than 3m that serve two purposes:-
1. To reminisce history of Jalan TAR formally known as Batu Road, it was originally a path leading to the Batu village where mining activities took place. By the 1930s, the swamps, rice fields and coconut estates around Batu Road were replaced by commercial development which created one of the town's busiest streets.
2. To commemorate father of country Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 
we took a step ahead and challenge the brief, out of what they want, here is what we concern:-

In bringing together the followings, 
i) History of silk road
ii) Historical foliage
iii) Event from the past, now and then
iv) Character Tuanku Abdul Rahman
v) Soul, Sense of place, Atmosphere of local place
vi) Period of time
vii) Main entrance statement and directory
viii) Angsana rain tree conservation awareness (tree species brought to Malaysia during British colonial period)
Biological-sculpture is created in a form of marriage between sculpture and Angsana tree.

It takes decade to build city, it take decade to grow a rain tree
It takes decade to embed history, it take decade to cultivate a good tree
To give to the future generation, TAR had spent decades in contributing
It takes decade to grow a rain tree, so that the rest of future generation can enjoy local atmosphere under the canopy

Spirit of Tuanku Abdul Rahman is interpreted into growth of an Angsana, manifested in a form of space time relativity, and then into built environment. The art of conceiving growth of the Angsana has a concept of time, projecting one into imaginary future of anticipation, back and forth, informing the past and history of it.   In period of 1-10 years people may anticipate future from baby the Angsana tree. In period after 10 years people may reminisce the past under the big and historical Angsana canopy.