Tuesday, July 23

Architectural mural created from strings, dots and lights

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Work in progress.

Illustration of a hornbill at the trial stage.

SIBU: Murals spout a new form of creativity as a group of artists from University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) depict the development of Sibu using strings at Mural Gallery, Sibu Town Square.

Wall Art World (WAW) which consists of about 15 members, including architecture students from UCTS, applied basic knowledge of architecture on mitten strings to make their art come alive.

The team was led by UCTS senior architecture lecturer Wong Lin Sze.

“We call this lines art.  Architecture is all about arts and science; in this mural, we are using the architecture element and basic knowledge of architecture where dots become lines creating 2D elements, the depths of lines used for 3D elements,” she explained.

The strings, dots and lights project the whole image of the mural at night bearing five main features: the oldest mosque in Sibu Al-Qadim Mosque built in 1830, Tua Pek Kong Temple built in 1870, Masland Methodist Church built in 1905, Sibu Heritage Centre (Old SMC building) completed in 1963, and Sanyan Building in 2001.

These historical buildings showcase development in Sibu, Wong said.

“At the same time, people can see the time frame – how long it takes to build one historical building after another,” she explained.

Another feature, she said, is the hornbill perching on a branch at day time, but at night with the lights on, the hornbill could be seen flying along the Rajang River.

At the centre of the hornbill is the map of Borneo.

“On the map of Borneo, we will use a big screw to mark Sibu, which is the centre of Borneo.  This indicate that Sibu is the heartland of Borneo,” she said.

“To come out with such a piece is no easy task,” she admitted, the team worked from 8am to 6pm for four days to complete the work.

“That was excluding the trial work. We took about two weeks to try out our project. Before we came out with the real stuff, we had to know how the lighting was going to work, their placements, their installation and so forth.  For two weeks, we experimented

with our ideas.  Once, we understood what worked, it didn’t take long for us to complete the job,” she recalled.

Lots of strings with different colours were used. For example, they used black, white, grey, red, yellow, dark red, light red, brown strings to construct  the hornbill.

Wong engaged experts for installing lights on the mural at the Town Square.

“We need somebody who knows about electricity.  So we engaged these people who produce according to our plan,” she said.

Asked what they want people to see in their mural, she said: “Our theme is ‘The Beauty of Lines’ and we want to portray the architectural element through such art. It shows that art and science can work together.”

The lights work their magic.