Art installation uses light and shadow to get positive theme across
DO NOT let worries cast a shadow over you – that’s the message the Health Promotion Board (HPB) is sending to Singaporeans through its latest art installation at The Cathay.
Named Sunny, the metal structure at Handy Road lets sunlight pass through alphabet cut-outs to cast messages in its shadow.
The messages – Worries Fade Away and Troubles Won’t Stay Forever – change depending on the time of the day and the sun’s position. The first message
is cast at about 10am and the second at about 4pm.
The 3m by 5.5m installation, unveiled yesterday, is the second and last in HPB’s Positive Art series to promote mental health in Singapore ahead of World Mental Health Day on Oct 10.
The design was a collaboration between advertising agency DDB and local creative outfit Phunk Studio.
The words cleverly disappear over the course of the day as the sun moves, a tangible reflection of its meaning.
“Our theme is to get people to think and act more positively,” said Ms Sng Yan Ling, deputy director of the Mental Health Education division at HPB.
“If you were to change the angle you look at something that might be negative in your life now, you might notice that it is not going to be there forever.”
Those who are unable to arrive at the designated times to catch the messages need not fret: They can watch a video of what happens from a screen set up in front of the exhibit.
The installation will be up until Nov 1.
The Positive Art series kicked off in August with an art piece at VivoCity. That installation, named Smile, was made of ice and resin with the interspersed words
Smile and Frown.
Over the course of the one day it was on display, the word Frown – which was made from ice – melted away, leaving only Smile.