The Conch

This particular image keeps playing in our heads : An idyllic stroll along the beach,
we chance upon a conch, we hold it to our ears and
listen to the sounds of the sea.

Conceived as part of the lush landscape and the ‘Atoll’ open plaza at the Mapletree Business City, we imagined a work that gently reminds one of the various coral forms and lulling experiences at the beach.

This particular image keeps playing in our heads : An idyllic stroll along the beach, we chance upon a conch, we hold it to our ears and listen to the sounds of the sea.

The ‘Conch’ is both an outdoor steel sculpture and pavilion sculpted by its environment. Surrounded by tower blocks of the new business development, it presents itself as a highly fluid, wave-like sea of bells – its shape also reminiscent of the trumpet’s elegant sprouting form.
One can imagine walking beneath the sculpture as if one’s below the canopy of a lush forest. And then, from above at the offices’ floors, the view is of a singular organic shape land-art form, the multiplicity of parts playing out like the twirling polyps of a rich coral island.

It is also a poetic wind instrument, enabling one to listen to the ‘sea’, to the slight movement of the air. Each of the ‘Conch’s’ bells comes together to the ground collectively as stalks. They are dotted with funnels where one can put their ears and listen to the wind. Behaving like nature and taking from nature, the Conch is reactive and interacts in its own ways to people.
LOCATION
Singapore
YEAR
Completion 2010
DISCIPLINE
SCULPTURE
TYPOLOGY
PUBLIC SPACE
SIZE (SQM)
500
TEAM
Torrance Goh, Hong Weiming 
COLLABORATORS
Photographer: Jeremy San Tzer Ning