Public Art : Balance sculpture
Sculptor: © Ng Eng Teng (12th July, 1934 – 4th
Description: A rising balance of circular and
Date unveiled: 1982
Location: The Balance sculpture is located near
Percival Road, Fort Canning Park, Singapore.
by Mr Ng Eng Teng
Official presentation ceremony of the Asean sculptures
This sculpture executed during the Asean Sculpture Symposium in Singapore from 27 March - 10 May
Was unveiled by
HE Mr S Dhanabalan
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Culture
Republic of Singapore
on 15 June 1982
Background to the Asean Sculpture Symposium: ASEAN
Sculpture Symposium was established in 1981 with the aim of "promoting a sense of community among sculptors of
member countries whose works of art will be visible symbols of regional cooperation." The ASEAN Sculpture Symposium
lasted six summits, the final being in Manila in 1989.
The Singapore Committee On Culture & Information (COCI) held the first symposium in
Singapore between March 27th and May 10th, 1981. Five sculptors from each member
country produced a five-meter tall sculpture which was later displayed at Singapore’s Fort Canning
Park. The Indonesian sculptor But Muchtar contributed a sculpture called “Unity”; The Malaysian sculptor Arifin Mohamad Ismail contributed a
fibreglass work called “Taning Sari” (which desintegrated in the harsh weather and was later replaced with the
"Augury" sculpture by Anthony Lau ; The Filipino sculptor, Napoleon Veloso
Abueva, contributed “Fredesvinda”; Thai sculptor Vichai Sithiratu, contibuted “Concentration” and Singaporian sculptor Ng Eng Teng, produced
this sculpture “Balance”.
Things you may not know about the Balance sculpture: Ng Eng Teng
is known as the "Godfather of Singapore Sculpture."
Ng Eng Teng Quote: "Life itself is the main inspiration of my
work. The experience of humanity: love, hope, the joy of living as well as dejection, alienation, despair, fear and
sorrow are sources of my artistic creation."
References : www.aseansec.org/10680.htm