It is hard to miss the giant five stones at Punggol, around the vicinity of Oasis Terraces. These large-scale versions of the old-school childhood game look as if they have been abandoned by a giant in the middle of a game.
The stones look as if they have been tossed and scattered around. One of them is even frozen in mid-air above the waters of one of the side channels of the Punggol Waterway.
Five Stones – A Public Art Project
Five Stones, currently on display at Punggol, is a public art project commissioned by the Public Art Trust. The creation of artist Twardzik-Ching Chor Leng, Five Stones is a playful take on the heritage game and intended to invoke personal memories and a way for collective remembrance.
Get closer to the stone and you can find that there is meaning being each of the five stones’ designs. Traditionally made from leftover scraps of cloth, the patterns of the giant five stones are conversation starters.
The geometric print design of one of the stones is fashioned after the old-school window and door grills patterns that used to be prevalent in HDB estates.
Another design has been inspired by Singapore’s National Flower.
Arts in Your Neighbourhood Events on 23 & 24 Nov at Oasis Terraces
The Five Stones art work is currently on display at Punggol Oasis Terraces and Punggol Waterway Park opposite Oasis Terraces up to 24 November 2019. It is part of National Arts Council’s Arts In Your Neighbourhood, November 2019 edition.
On 24 November 2019, the public can also look forward to five stones-inspired activities such as creating a set of five stones or refashioning them into trinkets for everyday use at Oasis Terraces. There will be storytelling adventures and family-friendly performances such as A Rainbow Odyssey by Sweet Tooth over the weekend of 23 and 24 November 2019.
Once the Five Stones art installation has finished its stint at Punggol, it will journey to various locations around Singapore in December 2019 before ending up at the Civic District as part of Singapore Art Week in January 2020.
Look out for them then!