by Kumari Nahappan
Part of AR.T Trail, Singapore’s first public art walking trail powered by Spark AR from Facebook to immerse the public in the narratives of six artworks to humanise the built environment.
Pembungaan means ‘blossoming’ in Malay. It is an ode to the eternal rhythm of nature and passing of the seasons. The artwork carries a sense of continuity, signifying how the end of a season is the beginning of a new journey from germination to fruition. Pembungaan takes inspiration from spices like chilli peppers and nutmeg that were commonly traded along the spice route. The artwork’s location also has historical significance as it is close to the Singapore River, which was a key channel in the spice trade. Pembungaan measures over 45 metres in length and is Singapore’s largest bronze mural.