Public Art : Concentration sculpture
Sculptor: © Vichai Sithiratu
Date Unveiled: 1981
Location: The Concentration sculpture is located near
Percival Road, Fort Canning Park, Singapore.
Mr Vichai Sithiratn
Official presentation ceremony of Asean sculptures.
This sculpture executed during the Asean sculpture symposium
in Singapore from 27th March to 10 May 1981
Was unveiled by
HE Air Chief Marshal Siddhi Savetsila
Minister for Foreign Affairs
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 were asked to
produce a five-meter tall sculpture to later be 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,
contributed this sculpture “Concentration” and Singaporian sculptor Ng Eng Teng, produced “Balance”.