Cenotaph for a Stone serves as a reinterpretation of the Singapore Stone — what it was, what it is and what it could have been. Taking cues from the stone's decimation in 1843, the installation seeks to monumentalise the event that forever perpetuated its mysticism, as well as set a factual context to the stone that is commonly misconstrued by the fictionalised ‘Badang’ folklore.
The installation comprises 51 ‘rock fragments’ on steel pedestals, with the 52nd pedestal left empty, hinting at the only piece that remains of the Singapore Stone (with its whereabouts known), which currently resides in the National Museum of Singapore. The ‘rock fragments’ are placed in an orchestrated fashion that hypothesizes what the stone could have looked like. This faux stone can be seen as a whole when viewed from the front of the installation. However, the perspective shifts to a time-warped explosion as the visitor walks around its perimeter.
1st Prize of i Light Student Award
Bryan Joseph Cadag, Loo Quan Le and Zulkarnain Bin Mohd Zin from National University Singapore (Singapore)
Bryan Cadag, Loo Quan Le, and Zulkarnain Bin Mohd Zin graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Architecture in 2015 and they are currently pursuing a BA(Hons) in Architecture at the National University of Singapore. Having experienced working within the confines of theoretical projects in an academic setting, this installation marks the first physical product of their collaboration together.