Tug-of-War – Singapore Biennale 2013 #4

February 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Posted in itchy fingers | Leave a comment
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When Itchyfingers saw this from far, we thought it looked like some messy chunk of log or stone. As we approached nearer, we were quite amused by what we saw and the material used – textile inspired by soldier uniform…

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We found the sculpture very familiar as we walked nearer…It looked
like something we had seen before….

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And yes! Itchyfingers were right! The sculpture was indeed depicting
the “Churning of the Sea of Milk”, a scene from the Hindu myth…

No wonder we found it so familiar! Itchyfingers saw similar sculptures when we visited Angkor Wat some years back…

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Remember this bas-relief taken from one of the walls of Angkor Wat?

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This was posted on our earlier post here.

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Another sculpture with the same theme at the South Gate of Angkor
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If you are at the Departure Hall at the Bangkok Airport, you will not miss this one…

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More pulling from the gods! 😀

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Pulling back from the Asuras (demons)! The whole art piece is way too
long to be captured on camera…

Anyway, back to the sculpture at the basement of the National Museum…

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They kinda look cute after you figure out what they are doing…haha…

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Each figure look different…Really a lot of work to sew the pieces together….

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You have to look at them closely to appreciate them….Actually look
like a big human stuff toy! Hahah… 😀

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Vishnu, at the centre, mediating the tug-of-war…

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One side was supposed to be the good guys and the other, the bad…But 
I can’t really tell which were the good and which were the bad leh… :p

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The headgears were different for both sides….

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Detail of fish at the bottom…

The Singapore Biennale 2013 is ongoing at various venues until 16 February 2014. Quick! Catch it before it’s too late!

Also see related posts:
> Fruits of Life – Singapore Biennale 2013 #3
Little Rooms of Horror – Singapore Biennale 2013 #2
Four Itchy Fingers – Singapore Biennale 2013 #1

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