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As we draw closer to the end of the Jubilee Weekend where we celebrate the nation’s 50th birthday, I felt necessary to share this piece of public art I came across at Promenade Station, Downtown Line (coincidentally on a Jubilee Weekend).

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Earthcake examines the geology and tradition of Singapore by zooming into the layers of cultural sediment permeating the site. Exposing the stratification of earth and soil as well as history and culture reveals the intertwined strata of thousand-year old soil and a thousand-layer cake. Conceived as a collage of earth and local kueh-focusing on the kueh-the artwork looks at the quintessential component of Singapore’s multi-ethnic fabric-food-a powerful and unifying element essential to its identity and core.

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