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Be part of artist Martin Creed's immersive 'café' installation at National Gallery Singapore

Be part of artist Martin Creed's immersive 'café' installation at National Gallery Singapore

Table for two

Text: Aravin Sandran


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Contemporary artist and musician Martin Creed is fascinated with the everyday experience. In 2001, the eccentric Glaswegian won the prestigious Turner Prize for Work No. 227: The Lights Going On And Off (2000), which bizarrely consists of an empty whitewashed room where the light flickers on and off on its own every five seconds. His immersive installations are usually created from commonplace materials as well. The much-adored Work No. 2592: Half the air in a given space has travelled the world, populating public spaces and art institutions with rooms full of balloons.

Creed is presenting Work No. 1343 at National Gallery Singapore's watershed 'Minimalism: Space.Light.Object.' exhibition in November. The one-of-a-kind, site-specific installation that is made up of unique crowdsourced furniture and utensils has been exhibited once before at the hip restaurant Sketch in London in 2012.

This time, the gallery is inviting the public to contribute their local handcrafted wares or mass-produced designs to ensure every single piece of tableware, glassware, cutlery, chair and table in the installation is unique. Old and new, extravagant and classic — the gallery is seeking contributions that are in good usable condition, in particular: café and bar furniture (tables, high and low chairs), plates and bowls (dinner plate, side plates, steak board), cups and mugs (wine glasses, coffee and tea cups), and cutlery. 

To contribute, take a picture of your possible donation and submit them online. Based on its size, the gallery will be able to collect the items at your convenience. Alternatively, if you're planning to visit, you could drop them off at the gallery's visitor services.

The deadline for this public call for contributions is 26 October.

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