SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – April 4, 2022 – President Halimah Yacob and Tanoto Foundation Board Member Anderson Tanoto unveiled American artist Dale Chihuly’s Ethereal White Persians sculpture in the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay (the Gardens). The unveiling took place in the presence of the Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, on Saturday (April 2, 2022).
President Halimah Yacob and Anderson Tanoto of the Tanoto Foundation at the unveiling of the sculpture in Cloud Forest. Also present were National Development Minister, Mr. Desmond Lee (far left), and Gardens by the Bay board member, Mr. John Tan (far right).
The independent philanthropic organization Tanoto Foundation founded by Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto commissioned the internationally acclaimed blown glass artwork to commemorate the gardens’ 10th anniversary.and birthday. The spectacular Ethereal White Persians will be a permanent installation, suspended over water atop Cloud Forest Mountain.
A blown glass masterpiece, each element of Ethereal White Persians is unique and bears its own signature due to Dale Chihuly’s production technique which uses gravity and centrifugal force to let molten glass find its shape. in its own organic way.
Anderson Tanoto, Board Member of the Tanoto Foundation, said, “We are honored to have President Halimah Yacob and Minister Desmond Lee with us to unveil the new sculpture. The work of the Tanoto Foundation has been driven by our mission to provide equal opportunity to the community, primarily through education, medical research and youth leadership. Likewise, we believe that access to internationally acclaimed art, such as Ethereal White Persians by Dale Chihuly, should be available to everyone in Singapore. We are grateful to collaborate with such a partner in mind, Gardens by the Bay, who share similar values in terms of accessibility and fulfilling our roles as social levellers in Singapore.”
The decision to make Ethereal White Persians a permanent fixture was influenced by the overwhelming response to Chihuly’s Glass in Bloom exhibition, held in Singapore last year at the gardens. With this permanent art sculpture in the cloud forest, Singaporeans can now experience one of Dale Chihuly’s most famous works of art at any time.
Anderson added: “At nine feet tall and an assemblage of 97 individual glass pieces, Dale Chihuly’s Ethereal White Persians are awe-inspiring. They are also a vision of hope, a testament to human resilience and perseverance. He has remained true to his quest to push something as fragile as glass into new forms, creating ambitious and breathtaking installations in important monuments around the world.The Persian series is the culmination of a year of experimentation by Dale Chihuly – it signifies perseverance, the pursuit of excellence, and reflects the positive spirit of constantly pushing boundaries to open up new horizons.We hope this work of art can inspire many Singaporeans.
Leslie Chihuly, President and CEO of Chihuly Studio, said, “Last year we had the incredible opportunity to stage Dale’s first major garden exhibition in Asia, at Gardens by the Bay. We are honored that this installation remains in the gardens for all. to take advantage of it, and we are grateful to the Tanoto Foundation for making this possible.”
About the Tanoto Foundation
The Tanoto Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization founded by Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto based on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Tanoto Foundation programs stem from the belief that quality education accelerates equal opportunity. We harness the transformative power of education to realize people’s full potential and improve lives. The Tanoto Foundation focuses on impact in three main areas: improving learning environments, developing future leaders, and medical research and science.