Earlier in May, more than 7,000 participants thronged Sculpture Square for
its annual four-day Sculpture Carnival, where professional artists and art
educators conducted hands-on sculpture workshops for children 4 to 12. This
September holiday, from 31 August to 25 September 2002, Sculpture Square
will showcase 135 artworks from Sculpture Carnival 2002 in "What's The Big
Gooloo?" - Singapore's only annual Children's Sculpture Exhibition.
Artists and workshop assistants asked children at the Carnival what they
thought The Big Gooloo was, and immediately set imaginations ablaze.
Kids created artworks that ranged from the daintily cautious to the
unbridled and outrageous, experimenting with all kinds of material and
creative techniques. Exhibits in "What's The Big Gooloo?" include plaster
relief, recycled sculpture, sponge sculpture, tie and dye, paper clay,
mini-assemblage, fun with fashion, mask-making, puppet-making, ostrich egg
decoration and mobile sculpture.
Ms Tay Swee Lin, General Manager of Sculpture Square, said: "At Sculpture
Carnival, we encouraged kids to stretch their imaginations, to be as
spontaneous as they liked. 'What's The Big Gooloo?' is testament to the
creative energy in each child - once they're free to explore and experiment
to their hearts' content."
In conjunction with the exhibition, Sculpture Square will organise various
- Children's holiday workshops such as "Ostrich Egg Decoration", "Picasso
Clay", "Nature Clay" and "Animal Safari Paper Mache" workshops
- School tours (at $2 per child), where students can learn more about each
artwork in the exhibition
- Publication of limited-edition exhibition catalogues featuring all the
artworks in the exhibition.
"This is Squiggle. He is currently staying in Hawaii, but he has just taken
a short vacation to Singapore. Squiggle is wearing a large, colourful hat,
which he wears everywhere. Squiggle is noted as a special jellyfish for his
exquisite dances! Every time he dances, his wobbly legs wriggle around.
Squiggle the Dancing Jellyfish is a wonderful thing to see!"
- Emily A.
Brotman, 10, Dancing Jellyfish (Recycled sculpture)
"A dark wood full of eyes, then suddenly A Frying pan is hered and the dead
eggs were raised into the living yolks"
- Martin E. Brown, 11, Night of the Living Yolks (Ostrich egg decoration)
"It is a Hawian Dancer. At first, I was brainstorming like mad. My mother
gave me a few hints. Finally I decided making a dancer. I used colour straws
to decorate the skirt. I used two egg shells to make the chest. I used one
bead to make the necklace. The Hawian Dancer is very carefree. I hope to
have the figure of the doll. She is the ultimate Hawaian survivor!"
- Tricia Neo Sher Ming, Hawian Dancer, 9+ (Recycled Sculpture)
"a bit shaky but nice! Don't take it to seriously because it's a kinderwork!! PS. 'TAKE CARE' "
- Tan Yijing, 5+, Jerry's Home (Paper Clay)
"One germ is standing on the grass, another germ is on the mother germ's
back. They are all family."- Everard Chao Kwee Meng, 9, Germs (Plaster
"I would use it when I go for Costume Parties. I call it an Enclosure Hat
because the straws around the hat symbolise a gate to protect us form slimy
whipped cream used in parties."
- Aishah Alattas, 7+, Enclosure Hat