National Gallery logo draws heated debate

National Gallery logo draws heated debate
An artist’s impression of the South-east Asia Gallery at the upcoming National Gallery Singapore, which will open next year.

I am among those who feel that much improvement can be made to the new logo of the National Gallery Singapore (Gallery Logo: Boxed In Or Building Block?, Life!, April 8).

From my layman's perspective, the argument is not so much about what the logo represents - whether it consists of two boxes (full or empty) or two rectangles. I am sure we can leave the interpretation to those with more imaginative minds.

My main complaint is that the new logo looks odd and incongruous. Having tried my best to look for beauty, I'm afraid all I can see is a long row made up of two rectangles of different sizes and proportions standing side by side. And why have two logos of the same design, one in grey and the other in red?

Perhaps the visual impact will be better if the two rectangles are superimposed to shorten the original row, with one rectangle in grey and the other in red? The area that is superimposed may then take on a maroon colour to signify a merger of whatever that may be represented by the two rectangles - boxes or buildings?

Chia Ai Tong William

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