114 pieces of Night Festival artwork go missing

114 pieces of Night Festival artwork go missing
Everyday Inspirations is a 14m-long installation by designer and art educator Karen Mitchell.

SINGAPORE - Almost a third of an art installation that was displayed in public has gone missing afterthe opening of this year's Singapore Night Festival last weekend.

Artist Karen Mitchell, who will not be replacing the 114 missing pieces as she does not have the time or the budget, made an appeal on Monday on her Facebook page for the pieces to be returned.

"When any one piece is removed, it deprives others of enjoying the experience of interacting with this installation fully," she wrote.

Her installation, called Everyday Aspirations, was set up along the alley between The Substation and the Peranakan Museum. It was made up of 365 pieces of "words of aspirations", such as "laugh" and "smile".

The artwork involves small wooden panels with words cut into them using a laser. The pieces, stretched across a space 14m long, are used to cast shadows of these words onto a wall. The different shadows overlap one another, "to represent the shared aspirations of everyone", she said.

"Each word played a very important part in this artwork, and they belong to the artist."

Netizen Hong Weng posted on Ms Mitchell's Facebook page that the fact that pieces are missing suggests that her art is " sought after".

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