Chng Nai Wee



To install a dynamic-colored light-driven suspended organic sculpture that explores the aesthetics of organic form and light interplay, and that spatially engages the exterior site of Sculpture Square.



The construction of this sculpture requires the use of industrial quality light cables that are available in almost 30 different single and multi-colors and tones. The light-cables are encased in a translucent light-weight rubbery plastic encasing which are flexible to curvilinear distortions and manipulations. The lights in a cable can be static, or running at variable velocity. A dynamic control panel unit is available to control each light-cable.


Each light-cable is manufactured to last 35,000 continuous hours, and this is sufficient for almost 1500 continuous days of use, and is sufficient for museum use over time. The light-cable can be replenished. The light-cable is constructed for both indoor and outdoor use.



The artist will study both academically and experientially the spatial aesthetics of organic forms, and the interplay of light intensity, color, and dynamics.



The artist builds a model of the site at Sculpture Square. Using metal wire, he assembles a small prototype sample of the sculpture, and places the prototype to establish the spatial relations of the site. The artist derives the form from the study of micro-organic forms, and will allow his artistic interpretation to add color, and to enhance the aesthetics of that form. The artist may use a laser model scanning machines to scan the form, and calculate the volume and length of the cables involved. The artist may use a 3-dimensional software to detail the sculptural form. The artist will color the prototype and account for the length of light cable according to scale and establish the colors of light cable required. He will enlist a contractor to construct the metal strip-wielded skeletal frame. The artist will design the frame so that it can divided into a number of smaller modular units for ease of transportation and storage. The skeletal modular units will be malleable by applied hand strength, welded individually, light-weight, and no more than 2 cm in width. The light-cables will be secured to the skeletal frame by the use of white cable-ties. All frame and light-cable constructions will be tested in the contractor’s workspace before installation at the site of Sculpture Square.



During the day, the sculpture will be observed as a three-dimensional formation of light-cable on white painted frame. From a distance, the sculpture is white and derives its volume from the formation. When dusk arrives, the lights are turned on, and the white sculpture transforms into a luminescent light sculpture in space. The lights are turned off when dawn resumes. Power to the sculpture is delivered by cables that stem from power-points at Sculpture Square. The power required is modest. 



The sculpture can be relocated into another venue. The light-speed for the various cables can be altered. The sculpture is rain-proof.



The artist enlists a photographer to document the project in large format prints, to archive the project in high-resolution digital photographic and video prints. The artist will work with Sculpture Square to produce a simple catalogue.




The project requires a commitment of 6 months.


Sculpture Square obtains NAC exhibition grant, and corporate sponsorship, for both construction of the work and the production of the catalogue.



Light cables                             10 Singapore dollars per meter.

Light cable controller               36 Singapore dollars per unit.



The sculpture can be sold to the private corporate and government authorities for public display. Studies, drawings, computer prints, and models of the forms of the sculpture, and the processes leading to the creation of the sculpture, can be framed as works and sold for both documentation and revenue.



Sculpture Square plans and executes the marketing and publicity campaign.