Singapore’s tallest sculpture, which was under construction at one of the busiest intersections for months, finally revealed itself. This work, entitled ‘Momentum’, is the creation of well-known Israeli artist David Gerstein.
The sculpture stands adjacent to One Raffles Quay and is certainly grabbing attention. It is part of an overall scheme of promoting art in public spaces in the city. The work itself depicts an upward cycle of progress, symbolising the energy and momentum of the district, Singapore and its people.
This is the first commissioned work of Mr. Gerstein’s on public display in South East Asia and organisers have said the sculptor’s style was a great fit for the city. Mr. Gerstein’s work is prominently displayed in museums and public areas in Israel, United States, throughout Europe and Russia, Istanbul and recently in Korea.
He is celebrated by art-lovers for his truly unique style that gives off an energetic and vibrant feel. His work is characterised by bold colors, creative mediums and a variety of artistic genres. He is perhaps best known for his hand-painted layered, silhouette wall sculptures as well as outdoor painted steel sculptures.
“Momentum”, unveiled for New Year Day 2008, stands an impressive 18.345 meters tall and features 175 individually created, hand-painted figurines. It bursts with emotion and enthusiasm and has Singaporeans and visitors looking up to Mr. Gerstein’s work as a sign of more exciting things to come on the art scene.
(Issue February 2008)