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"What's The Big Gooloo? - Mystery solved by more than 100 kids"
2002-08-31 until 2002-09-25
Sculpture Square Limited
Singapore, , SG Singapore

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 activities, including:

- 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.

Artist Statements:

"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 relief)

"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 (Recycled Sculpture)

Emily A. Brotman, 10,
Dancing Jellyfish
Recycled Materials

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