Our Lake of Imagination: A SEA Games art installation

Our Lake of Imagination: A SEA Games art installation

Not just child's play

Text: Varsha Sivaram

A collaborative work by a group of 75 Balinese children, this art installation for the 28th SEA Games carries a strong social message

While this year's SEA Games will inevitably tell its stories by way of medal tallies, heroic victories, and star athletes; the event will also leave a mark on the regional arts scene.

Contemporary Bali-based art space Ketemu Project/Space has brought its work, Our Lake of Imagination, to Singapore in celebration of the Games. Created by 75 children from Kintamani, the installation takes its art from nature and was made by weaving together water hyacinths. And its meaning goes beyond the surface — literally. The artwork, in addition to commemorating the Games also seeks to raise awareness of water hyacinths overcrowding Bali's widest lake, Lake Batur, and causing some serious environmental damage.

If you're looking for some regional education in the spirit of the SEA Games, Our Lake of Imagination is worth a visit.

Our Lake of Imagination will be on display till the 16 June at the Marina Bay Sands' Waterfront.