Over the Horizon

4 February – 3 April 2016 @ the Concourse of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

A site-specific installation dealing primarily with marine plastic debris. The artist Wang Ruobing collected thousands of drift plastic bottles from various Singaporean coastlines, including places near Changi, Pasir Ris park, Kranji, Sungei Pandan, Seletar North Link, Lim Chu Kang and Pulan Ubin. The bottles were mainly used in two ways. Some of them were used to create a kinetic plastic wave, moving up and down as if in replication of their drifting trajectory. The others were used to repair a broken chair found along the coastline of Seletar North Link. These bottles were first shredded and then melted to form the chair’s missing parts including its back and two legs. The repaired drift chair is displayed on an elevated platform facing the moving plastic wave, gently gazing at the horizon. ‘Over the Horizon visualises the imaginary boundary between the earth and the sky with the recycled plastic debris. Highlighting the interdependency of individual activities, the installation reveals the free and boundless exchanges that exist beneath the surface of the sea.