Ouroboros, by Nicola Anthony

“UK artist uses 10,000 ping pong balls
to create sculpture for the
28th biennial Southeast Asian Games”

Event Plaza, Marina Bay, Singapore
18 May - 21 June 2015
SouthEast Asian Games Art Launch & Torch Lighting Ceremony:
4th June 2015, 6.30pm, Event Plaza, Marina Bay

Photo Credit: Richard Koh for The Living! Project
Image (2015) © Nicola Anthony

Photo Credit: Richard Koh for The Living! Project
Image (2015) © Nicola Anthony

“Nicola and her community partners passing the SEAgames Torch with flame to the SEAgames runners. And tonight – we celebrate at Ouroboros!”

Image (2015) © Nicola Anthony
“Lit from within, this section features the table tennis balls written by Singapore’s table tennis association including their national level players”

Image (2015) © Nicola Anthony

Over 10,000 ping pong balls, 5000 people, and 5000 aspirations come together to create the sculpture Ouroboros for the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, May – June 2015.

With art studios in the two cultural hubs of London and Singapore, British artist Nicola Anthony has become known internationally over the last 4 years, and this year she has been awarded the honour of being invited to create a light sculpture for the Art Programme of the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games – a biennial sports event involving 11 participating nations.

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    About this event

    Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay welcomes ‘something extraordinary’

    With the generous support of the 28th SEA Games, her community partner IQkidz, and materials sponsors STAEDTLER and Philips, Nicola’s aim was to focus on the very human message of this international sporting event – the potential for extraordinary things in each of us. The light sculpture will be located in Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay.

    “The 10,000 individual balls will form the spheres, dots and correlations of a beautiful pattern, showcasing aspirations of our artwork community: students, teachers, families, the public, and even Singapore’s beloved national table tennis players who have each penned a wish on a ping pong.” says the artist.

    Using the symbol of the balls in a seemingly infinite loop, (an ouroboros), the artwork represents the joining together of people into families, communities, and society. The white, pearl-like spheres will become luminescent by night, and the sentences will join up to form lines flowing around the circular shape. Nicola states that “conceptually, the ping pong was a blank canvas, a pure sphere that in my imagination could be a seed, an atom, a planet, a star, or even a biological cell.”

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    Art connecting across oceans

    “The 10,000 individual balls will form the spheres, dots and correlations of a beautiful pattern, showcasing aspirations of our artwork community: students, teachers, families, the public, and even Singapore’s beloved national table tennis players who have each penned a wish on a ping pong.” says the artist.

    Using the symbol of the balls in a seemingly infinite loop, (an ouroboros), the artwork represents the joining together of people into families, communities, and society. The white, pearl-like spheres will become luminescent by night, and the sentences will join up to form lines flowing around the circular shape. Nicola states that “conceptually, the ping pong was a blank canvas, a pure sphere that in my imagination could be a seed, an atom, a planet, a star, or even a biological cell.”

    Nicole Anthony

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    Official Launch

    For the The Ouroboros Art Community, friends, supporters and curious folk! Join us for the launch on 4th June.

    Ouroboros is a light sculpture made of over 10,000 ping pong balls, by artist Nicola Anthony.

    Come for the final cheer and the official artwork opening. The 28th SEA Games Torch Parade Ceremony will be led by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, at 6.30pm.

    YOU ARE ALSO INVITED TO PLAY A KEY PART IN SEA GAMES, by joining the Extraordinary Runners in the final lap to complete the artwork ‘TorchUp’ and ignite the SEA Games Torch at 4-4.30pm.

    Beginning at Artscience Museum at we will await the flame bearers and walk with them as they complete the final lap via 5 SEA Games artworks to the Promontory – there we will ignite the flames of the game!

    Date: Thursday 4 June 2015

    Timings:

    3.30pm: Carnival & gathering at OUROBOROS

    4-4.30pm Join the Extraordinary Runners to carry the Torch Flame, from ArtScience Museum to Promontory.

    6.30pm onwards , Torch lighting ceremony with Mr Lawrence Wong.

    Location of Ouroboros: Marina Bay – Events Plaza, on the Waterfront, near Louis Vuitton. (Close to Casino taxi rank, or Bayfront MRT exit into ‘Shoppes By The Bay’).

    Dress code: Red for SG50!

    Contact: Joyce 9116 9542, Nicola 9126 8957

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    Nicola and her team have worked with a large community of local people to capture their aspirations on a ping pong ball, including over 5000 youth via our community partner IQ Kidz.
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    Ouroboros is part of TorchUP!

    As part of the 28th SEA Games Torch UP! Programme, a series of 30 community artworks have been created by local artists in collaboration with various communities, these 30 ‘community torches’ will be displayed in 4 districts around Singapore.

    28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is a biennial sports event involving 11 participating nations.

    A Special thank you to supporters:

    The Ouroboros Art community, Materials sponsor STAEDTLER Singapore, Community Partner IQ Kidz, Singapore Table Tennis Association, The Living! Project, Dramond Warehousing, and sponsors SEA GAMES 2015 and SG50

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    About Nicola Anthony

    Nicola Anthony is an international artist based in Singapore. Nicola’s artwork begins with an extraordinary idea, a large number of small fragments, and the collection of words.

    Nicola’s subsequent project culminates in an exhibition in London’s Brick Lane Gallery this summer. Around the world she has exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery Project Space (London), the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (USA), Shinjuku Creators Fiesta (Tokyo), & featured in shows around Southeast Asia, London & LA. Her artwork has received sponsorship from Tate Britain, & been exhibited in Tate Modern’s ‘No Soul for Sale’. She was born in London, studied at Central St Martins (University of the Arts London) and Loughborough University.

    In recent showcases, Nicola has exhibited at London’s Royal College of Art, Ikkan Art International, Singapore’s Victoria Theatre, the National Library Building in the cultural district of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, The Substation Gallery and The Arts House – Singapore’s Old Parliament Building, where she was recently invited to give a speech about her journey as an artist alongside special guest Ms.Vijay Thakur Singh the High Commissioner of India.

    Nicola has collected and hand numbered 9000 saga seeds and their stories, woven a 6 metre dreamcatcher-web using a kilometer of string across the entrance of an international art fair, and dissected 31 dollar bills. She has deconstructed and re-written epic novels, built a life sized post box using 4723 words cut from letters, constructed a room using 50,000 sugar cubes, and re-imagined the calendar into a 3D, shimmering, glass rubik’s cube of 365 pieces.

    Visit Nicola Anthony’s website