THE SINGING RINGING TREE
The Singing Ringing Tree is play on the 1957 German fairytale based on an enchanted tree. This tree takes on a life of its own in regard to the characters that engage with it. Splore’s Singing Ringing Tree is a kinetic sculpture that is activated by the movement of wind to make it chime, as well as inviting the audience to engage with the ribbon ropes playing different bell sizes and therefore the different musical tones.
The colours of the rainbow relate to the colours of the chakras, enabling the artwork to act as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies. Refecting the complex diversity of rainbow myths with their far-reaching, yet inherent similarities. The symbolism of the rainbow has been part of the myths of many cultures around the world for millennia. The artwork operates in a multi-dimensional space. Eluding to the bridge, the portal or embarking on a journey. Whether as a bridge to the heavens, messenger, archer’s bow, or serpent, the rainbow has been pressed into our knowledge spheres as a beautiful causal link between heaven and earth.
In using the tree as a support for the art work a reference to the Terra chakra is present. A chakra representational of a receptive energy with a positive fow. One that contains the elements of wind, earth, water and fre. It is the anchor point to the physical world, a colour connection to the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. The Terra Chakra is believed to be a grounding force, one that connects us to the earth (Gaia).
The incorporation of the fair-trade bells are a symbol of Singh’s commitment to supporting cottage industry and her partnership with rural artisan communities in developing countries. The bell represents one of the most important offerings in Buddhism. As Buddhists around the world have adopted wind chimes and wind-bells into various rituals and the chimes the are often hung in large numbers on temples, shrines, pagodas and caves.
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Tiffany Singh is an Social Practice based Installation artist. Since returning to New Zealand in 2008 Singh has worked on sustainable community outreach, focusing on participatory works that have community building and well-being as their primary objective. Her interest in cultural preservation combined with a strong social and political discourse has seen her to use the arts as a tool for education, awareness and empowerment. Singh was awarded by the Human Rights Commission for Fly Me Up To Where You Are in 2013. Represented NZ at the Sydney Biennale in 2012 and was the 2013/14 McCahon Residency recipient. She has been awarded residencies in the USA, India, Singapore, Taiwan and Nepal.