Marc Quinn's monumental 2008 sculpture ‘Planet’ has been donated for permanent display at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The work, which depicts Quinn’s son as a sleeping baby and appears to hover above the ground, has previously been shown to great acclaim in the ‘Beyond Limits’ exhibition of contemporary sculpture at Chatsworth House in 2008 and in his 2012 exhibition ‘The Littoral Zone’ at the Musée Océanographique in Monaco.
Quinn said, on the occasion of the unveiling, "To me, ‘Planet’ is a paradox - hugely heavy, yet the bronze appears weightless; overwhelmingly big, yet also an image of vulnerability. It is both a reflection of ourselves and the earth upon which we live.”
Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “The new addition, ‘Planet’, marks the latest step in Gardens by the Bay’s efforts to continuously enhance our offerings, adding an aesthetic dimension to our horticultural displays. It is our hope that the sculptures in the Gardens will engage and inspire visitors towards an appreciation of art.”
An integral part of Singapore’s ‘City in a Garden’ vision, Gardens by the Bay spans a total of 101 hectares in Singapore’s Marina Bay. Comprising three waterfront gardens it is a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that will bring the world of plants to Singapore and present Singapore to the world.
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