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It’s been months since completion of this. And I finally have a photo of it 1 week before ORD. Introducing General Yamashita sitting in his office, the very same office used by him decades ago. Proud to be given the chance to make something for the nation’s heritage. (Everything here is hand made in camp, except for some furniture). Disclaimer: this exhibit is not open to public, sorry bout that 😅 #rsaf #rsaf50 #airforce #rsafsingapore #rsaf2018 #nationalservice #ns #singapore #singaporeheritage #singaporeart #thersaf #thersaf50 #therepublicofsingaporeairforce #singaporeairforce #sgsculpture #singaporesculpture #tengahairbase

Paparazzi 🐶 #singaporesculpture

Most commuters in the transitory space of a huge busy train station, would not bother to really look at a fellow commuter. Each individual has a very original and identifiable face, although mostly known only to him-/her-self and his/her own social circles. Yet there’s a kind of relationship and connection between all commuters’ faces.
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I now know I wanted to express this “face” in my “Faces II” sculpture. But where shall I find one that is suitably generic yet recognizable as a face? It’s amazing how we all, I believe, have this huge repository of meaningful visual images stored deep within us. So, what came powerfully to my mind was this one particular “face” that was previously indelibly etched in my brain ... it was one particular morning, sitting in my little rented studio apartment’s living room in Montreal in the late 1980s when a fortunate beam of light fell at just the precise angle upon a little pile of Origami spheres much like the one in today’s pic, when I first clearly saw on one specific sphere an immediately recognizable “face”, ... and once recognized and “seen”, it was impossible to “unsee” it!
Do you see that particular “face” I’m referring to? I’m sure you do. And once you do, its so easy to see so many of them all over the pile of Origami spheres isn’t it? Well, that’s the very “face” that ends up being the “Faces II” sculpture!
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Incidentally, the Origami spheres here are what’s known as “Modular Origami Objects”. Each sphere comprises 30 folded square pieces of paper - Sonobe modules as it were - manually assembled without any glue. In geometry, this sphere is known as a Triakis Icosahedron, a regular 20-equilateral-triangle-sided solid with each side being a right-angled “pop up” pyramid. Fascinating is it not? And inspite of its symmetry, very beautiful and contemporary too!
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• P058-S004 • <Vignettes of my early Sculptures>

My first thoughts designing “Faces II” wasn’t about the form or “how-to” technicalities of it. Rather, I deliberated over what the MRT Station was going to be about. What it meant especially to the countless masses that will be using it. I quickly decided that it was the commuters that I was going to create the Artwork for; the ones who have to literally “face” the sculpture I hoped to build.
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I didn’t even consider whether I’d stand a chance to win the competition. Throughout the submission preparation process I was totally caught up with how grateful I was for an opportunity to do something that might possibly matter. Something lasting, for the innumerable people whom I’ll never meet, who will never know who I am, let alone be interested in my work or even understand the possible meanings of the Artwork I was going to propose. I decided that it would be a real gift I can make, in an almost ultimate kind of anonymity. Now, that was a really fascinating idea and I was ecstatic, consumed by it! The “faceless” masses as it were, who will never recognize the “face” of the one who created the very massive Artwork they will become familiar with, even if he (that’s me the Artist) were to stand right before them.
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Looking back, I can tell you that one of the most important things an Artist should possess is a genuinely thankful spirit. Without thankfulness, it would be impossible to look deep within and then far beyond the self in order to create something inspired and inspiring. The limitations of the self’s own interests ironically can only be overcome by looking to others’ interests. We can’t see our own face except in a mirror. Thankfulness is the key! In this case as in every case afterwards where I’d won a competition, received a commission, created a powerful Artwork, it always begins with first being truly, consciously grateful for the means and opportunity to give a selfless, unconditional Gift that benefits others.
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There’s more to share about this sculpture, so do look out for my next posts. Today’s pic is the top half of the 3rd 2-image-set. Do you see the “Face” looking directly at you?😉🕊
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• P057-S003b • <Vignettes of my early Sculptures>

Some time passed and I’d quite forgotten about the competition till one morning a formal invitation arrived in the mail. My initial feelings were ambivalent as I wasn’t sure if I was really up to the task, not having had any experience with such competitions let alone having built anything sizable or of any import yet. Nevertheless, young and eager me thought, “What’s there to lose for trying?” Besides, I’ll get to finally meet in person some of the “giants” in Sculpture and put a real face to the big names I’ve only known about on the plaques attached to all the Public Artworks. So, I accepted the invitation.
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The site-visit day came. I was nervous but needlessly so. Most of the Public Sculptors were quite senior, age-wise, all very established and experienced. They were very nice but not particularly chatty. In fact none of them paid me much attention and I imagined they assumed I was someone’s young son just tagging along for the outing. At some point I overheard some snatches of remarks by a few of the Artists, “...difficult, ...too large, ...impossible” etc. It was a voluminous space designated for the intended sculpture, spanning 5-storeys, from ground to ceiling, 16 meters in all. And there I was, taking in one last view of space, standing on the very spot marked for the Artwork, looking straight up. I quietly whispered to myself, “Wow! Nice!” and began to dream...
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So, twas to the drawing board.
What’s next? Well, stay tuned to find out.😉 Meanwhile enjoy today’s top half pic of the second 2-images set of “Faces II”, an almost straight up view from below the Artwork. Impressive?
Remember to look in my Instagram Profile page for the “Big Picture”. Cheers🤗🌻
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• P056-S002b • <Vignettes of my early Sculptures>

Some time in early 1994, I received a personal phone call from my beloved late mentor, Brother Joseph McNally, then the founding president of LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts. There was an upcoming major juried sculpture competition and selection exercise organized by the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation of Singapore and he asked if I was interested to take part.
It was quite hilarious actually, because I was told the organizers were looking for 10 “top/renowned” Singaporean sculptors to participate but had found only 9. So I was asked if I was willing to help complete the number and be the 10th/last participant. My mentor himself was also a notable sculptor but he could not participate because he was one of the jurors in the competition. He informed me that it was a strictly “by-invitation-only” competition and that if I agreed to participate, he would submit my name as a possible candidate to be invited by the organizers. More importantly, Brother Joseph emphasized that if I was willing to participate, and should I get invited to do so, he and I will be very strictly “incommunicado” throughout the duration of the competition. He was a righteous, honorable, exemplary man and his personal vote for the winning Artwork will be based purely on merit and not personal favor.
I agreed and accepted his terms.
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What happened next? Stay tuned to find out.🤗 Meanwhile enjoy today’s pic, the top half of the first 2-images set of “Faces II” I promised. Be sure to look in my Instagram Profile page (https://www.instagram.com/studiomc.sg) for the “Big Picture”. Cheers.🌻
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#abstractsculpture #architecturalart #craftandfolk #createmakeshare #curatedlife #designermaker #FacesII #facesinthings
#herestothecreatives #instasculptor #juriedcompetition #largescalesculpture #lifewellcaptured #makersmovement #massrapidtransit #minchen #minimalistsculpture #publicsculpture #publicsculptor #stainlesssteelsculpture #publicart #publicartspace #publiccommission #sculpturecompetition #sculpturephotography #singaporeart #singaporeartist
#singaporesculpture #timelessart #trainstationart
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• P055-S001b • <Vignettes of my early Sculptures>

“Faces II” by Min Chen.
Woodlands Regional MRT Station.
Stainless Steel.
Height: 16 meters.
Weight: 4 metric tons.
1994 Juried Sculpture Competition winning entry.
Commissioned by MRTC, Singapore. Completed and unveiled, 1996.
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P.S. This pic is the bottom half of a 2-images set, so please look out for the top half in another posting. I shall be sharing with you details of the inspiration for this work, what it expresses and how the whole thing came together. So be sure to check back again soon and remember to look in my Instagram Profile page (https://www.instagram.com/studiomc.sg) for the “Big Picture”.
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#abstractsculpture #architecturalart #craftandfolk #createmakeshare #curatedlife #designermaker #FacesII #facesinthings
#herestothecreatives #instasculptor #juriedcompetition #largescalesculpture #lifewellcaptured #makersmovement #massrapidtransit #minchen #minimalistsculpture #publicsculpture #publicsculptor #stainlesssteelsculpture #publicart #publicartspace #publiccommission #sculpturecompetition #sculpturephotography #singaporeart #singaporeartist
#singaporesculpture #timelessart #trainstationart
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• P054-S003a • <Vignettes of my early Sculptures>

“Faces II” by Min Chen.
Woodlands Regional MRT Station.
Stainless Steel.
Height: 16 meters.
Weight: 4 metric tons.
1994 Juried Sculpture Competition winning entry.
Commissioned by MRTC, Singapore. Completed and unveiled, 1996.
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P.S. This pic is the bottom half of a 2-images set, so please look out for the top half in another posting. I shall be sharing with you details of the inspiration for this work, what it expresses and how the whole thing came together. So be sure to check back again soon and remember to look in my Instagram Profile page (https://www.instagram.com/studiomc.sg) for the “Big Picture”.
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#abstractsculpture #architecturalart #craftandfolk #createmakeshare #curatedlife #designermaker #FacesII #facesinthings
#herestothecreatives #instasculptor #juriedcompetition #largescalesculpture #lifewellcaptured #makersmovement #massrapidtransit #minchen #minimalistsculpture #publicsculpture #publicsculptor #stainlesssteelsculpture #publicart #publicartspace #publiccommission #sculpturecompetition #sculpturephotography #singaporeart #singaporeartist
#singaporesculpture #timelessart #trainstationart
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• P053-S002a • <Vignettes of my early Sculptures>

Some of you my very creative and enthusiastic new friends on IG, have asked if I would showcase some of my Sculptures, so here goes. I truly appreciate all your kind support and encouragement and am very thankful for you. Keep being Inspired and Inspiring, my friends!🤗
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This 16 meters tall stainless steel sculpture, which I entitled “Faces II”, weighs 4 metric tons and was my debut Artwork as a Public Sculptor; my induction into the wonderful, though to most people often “mysterious”, world of Public Sculptures/Art as it were. It was the winning entry in a juried sculpture competition in 1994; also the first ever of such competitions I participated in and I was really Blessed. The Sculpture was commissioned by the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRTC), Singapore, for the Woodlands Regional MRT station, then the largest interchange station in the Singapore MRT train system. The Artwork was subsequently completed and unveiled in 1996.
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P.S. This pic is the bottom half of the full image, so please look out for the top half in another posting. I shall be sharing with you details of the inspiration for this work, what it expresses and how the whole thing came together. So be sure to check back again soon and remember to look in my Instagram Profile page (https://www.instagram.com/studiomc.sg) for the “Big Picture”. Meanwhile, enjoy this pic and let me know what you think? Thanks and Cheers! 😄
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#abstractsculpture #craftandfolk #createmakeshare #curatedlife #designermaker #FacesII #facesinthings
#herestothecreatives #instasculptor #juriedcompetition #largescalesculpture #lifewellcaptured #makersmovement #massrapidtransit #minchen #minimalistsculpture #architecturalart
#publicsculpture #publicsculptor #stainlesssteelsculpture #publicart #publicartspace #publiccommission #sculpturecompetition #sculpturephotography #singaporeart #singaporeartist
#singaporesculpture #timelessart #trainstationart
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• P052-S001a • <Vignettes of my early Sculptures>

Such a powerful sculpture!
‘What goes around comes around right back to you’ life is like a mirror says the artist. #singaporesculpture #powerfulquotes #singapore #theworldisacircle 🌎🌍🌏🙌🏻

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