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Culture City. Culture Scape.

A much-needed resource on the practice of public art commissions and community engagement through the arts in urban Asia.

Distributed for the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art
This book documents a major public art commission in Singapore, featuring works by artists Dan Graham, Zul Mahmod, Tomás Saraceno, and Yinka Shonibare, and it represents a unique collaboration between Nanyang Technology University Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Mapletree Investments—a Singaporean state-owned property developer with global operations. Essays and interviews with the artists tell the story of the regional histories, urban politics, and collaboration that went into the successful creation of a public space, and refer to the practice of place-making that integrates landscape architecture, urban planning, and cultural management. Culture City. Culture Scape. is a much-needed resource on the role that art can play in public education and social corporate investment in urban Asia. 

144 pages | 82 color plates | 7 x 9 1/2

Art: Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Art

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"The book offers insights on lesser-known topics through the discussion of public artworks at Mapletree Business City II.... All in all, Culture City. Culture Scape is a welcomed reference book on the discourse of public art in Singapore. With a critical, interdisciplinary approach, it successfully marries cultural and corporate interests to provide public education." 

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Table of Contents

Joseph Liow
Edmund Cheng

Culture City. Culture Scape. Notes from the Curators
Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong

In the Public Sphere: Art and Education at Mapletree Business City
Edmund Cheng with Ute Meta Bauer

About the Artworks and Artists
Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA): Wind Sculpture I
Zul Mahmod: Sonic Pathway
Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion — 3 Airborne Self-Assemblies
Dan Graham: Elliptical Pavilion

In Conversation
Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) with Sophie Goltz
Zul Mahmod with Khim Ong
Tomás Saraceno with Ute Meta Bauer
Dan Graham with Ute Meta Bauer

Permanent Public Artworks
Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)
Zul Mahmod
Tomás Saraceno
Dan Graham

Public Art Education: Situated in Singapore
Sophie Goltz

Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore Public Art Education Programme

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