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Indonesian artist Mulyana's fantastical hand-crocheted coral landscape adorns the windows of Hermès Liat Towers

Indonesian artist Mulyana's fantastical hand-crocheted coral landscape adorns the windows of Hermès Liat Towers

Under the sea

Text: Aravin Sandran


Tiny circular coral polyps cling to one another to create a colony. From dull grey to pleasant peachy nudes to effervescent oranges, their soft-bodied structure is almost pliable to the touch like virgin wool. Nestled among some fiery Staghorn coral clusters like treasure lying dormant on the seabed, lies a pristine pair of Hermès Quicker white sneakers and a navy Bolide 45. Elsewhere, an elegant set of Bleu d'Ailleurs tableware glistens against an ethereal white reef.

Evoking the vividly saturated scenescapes of Pixar's Finding Nemo (2003), Indonesian artist Mulyana's fantastical hand-crocheted coral landscape, Irama (Rhythm) adorns the windows of Hermès Liat Towers. This window installation is, in essence, an extension of an earlier work of his, Sea Remembers, which he presented at ARTJOG11 in 2018. Made out of a similar yarn, the panoramic imaginarium featured a more macabre scene then; the ivory-white skeletal remains of a whale was surrounded by yellow fishes and coral in a dreamy palette of hues.

Intersecting between ideas of spirituality and nature, Mulyana's artistic practice has undertones of environmental activism with the increasing threat of ocean acidification, bleaching and manmade pollutants facing the Great Barrier Reef, Maya Bay and other precious ecosystems within the Asia Pacific region today. 

Irama (Rhythm) will be on display until 21 May 2019 at Hermès Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road.

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