Public Art: Harmony
Outside Republic Plaza, D'almeida Street Singapore
Harmony is a sculpture by Yu Yu Yang created in 1993. The phoenix, or 'fenghuang', embodies the quintessence of fortune, elegance and beauty. These qualities are brought forth, along with modern technology to construct this statue of a young dragon and phoenix representing the Chinese character human (人)
Traditionally, the image of a man joined to or with the earth is a representation of harmony and boundless energy. The round ball in the sculpture indicates this idea as well. The space between the sculpture represents the universe and being one, in Chinese character, (一), while the pedestal underneath looks like the Chinese character for mouth (口). When these elements are combined, the entire sculpture forms the Chinese word for "join" or "cooperation" (合). This statue is a representation of man and heaven joined as one.
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