Creating enormous bronze apples for Farrer Park hotel

CHEAH UI-HOON goes behind the scenes of a monumental sculpture-in-the-making

THERE are Buddha figurines everywhere, in various stages of being made including a gigantic one where the lower half of the body is touching the roof of the foundry warehouse. In the midst of heads and limbs lying about waiting to be soldered together, two giant apples are in the final stage of completion.

Dust of all kinds - metal, ceramic and fine sand - swirls in the air as work at the bronze foundry is in full swing. In a hot but windy afternoon, the workers assigned to artist Kumari Nahappan's apple sculptures are polishing and smoothening the surface (a process called "chasing"), filling up and welding tiny holes to create a flawless finish. Kumari - in face mask and gloves - is closely...

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