The two life-size tiger sculptures stand in mid stride, looking ready to prowl.
Painted by artists with disabilities from The Art Faculty (TAF), The Animal Project (TAP) and JOURNEY by TOUCH Community Services, they are the result of a partnership between Enabling Village and World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore (WWF-Singapore). Aptly dubbed AR-Mazing Tiger Trail 2022, the initiative aims to save tigers in this Year of the Tiger.
“The Enabling Village is privileged to work with WWF- Singapore as a community and venue partner. The two tiger sculptures have provided the chance for many artists with disabilities to showcase their artistic talents, as well as raise awareness about tiger conservation and the impact of climate change on tigers,” said a spokesperson from the Enabling Village.
The two tigers are on display at the Enabling Village from 26 February to 9 April, joining over 33 life-sized tiger sculptures and more than 20 tiger-inspired art pieces designed and decorated by local as well as international artists that have been placed at landmarks throughout the island.
Art at work
To prepare to paint their tiger sculpture, the four artists from JOURNEY by TOUCH Community Services watched several videos about tiger conservation. Before long, they had fallen in love with the big cats.
“Conservation was a foreign concept to us. But we have since gained a deeper understanding of it, especially for tigers. We wanted to translate our love for tigers in our painting and spread the love to everyone,” said Wong Jun Quan, 35.
Never having painted on a sculpture before, the artists found themselves in various odd positions as they made sure to cover every part of the life-sized tiger.
Said Say Kim Han, 47: “Some of us had to lie down or squat down to paint the belly of the tiger.”