Singapore Contemporary Young Artists

Playing With & For The Community

Paper Cranes Installation @ Bedok Community Centre

Paper cranes are symbols of peace, health, prosperity and wisdom. By folding and stringing together a thousand cranes, it is said that the one who receives it will be blessed with a thousand years of happiness and prosperity. Hanging them in one’s home is thought to be a powerfully lucky and benevolent charm.

On the 10th June to 14th June, SCYA was at Bedok Community Centre creating a Paper Crane art installation for PassionArts Village – Kaleidoscope 2.

It was decided that the design of the installation will be fitted to appear out from the the fabric hut made by another artist.

The exhibition was held at the Open Space between Pasar 16 and Blk 18 Bedok South Road, from 4.00pm to 7.00pm on 15th June 2014.


With 8 assistants including Artists Jacquelyn Soo, Shazwany Aziz & Billy Soh, SCYA dived straight into work without much hesitation.

10th June 2014

10,000 paper cranes made by Bedok’s own residences! It took 7 of us 6 whole hours just to sort out which cranes could be used!



Time to colour code them.

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Look at that mountain of cranes! (These aren’t even all of it!)

11th June 2014

Yes we’re back again! Time to string those cranes~ 9 of us today. Great!

Strategy meeting time!

Strategy Board

Tie the weights onto the strings.. Poke the  string into the needle.. 1 by 1.. 1 by 1… Slowly… Poke the cranes.. Tie.. Separate the cranes.. tape it..

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6.5 Hours Later….

We need space!! *Shifts Shifts*

Color Code


12th June 2014

Yay! Few more thousands to go!… What?

Doesn’t this look like… Tangled?


Lesson learnt! Lets hang it up instead!


7 Hours Later…

Its starting to take shape!

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13th June 2014

What a great morning! Time to transport the cranes and do some preparations! <3


We stuck the cranes onto poles and carried it to the venue on foot! This took us forever and loads of physical strength >_<

Whats next was the stringing of cables. It got torn off in an accident and we had to re-string it. Thus we were unable to put up any cranes today. We kept the cranes safe from water by keeping it securely wrapped in plastic sheets. It was past 8pm so we had to go home for the day.

14th June 2014

Finally the long awaited installation day!!

*Stringing the crane one by one*


Everyone’s curious about us! Even our furry friend over here <3


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Hours later…

Its done! Plastic sheets were used to cover the cranes to protect it from rain. Doesn’t it look lovely “glowing” in the night?


15th June 2014

It’s the actual event day! And…..(despite some drama that went on in the morning which made us inquire to which community residents can work better with Artists to exercise respect and appreciation for the arts.)


We appeared on the news!!

The journey was long and tiring. However, the sense of accomplishment we got is great! Stay tuned for more upcoming projects from SCYA!

About scyablog

Singapore Contemporary Young Artists Project (SCYA) is a non-profit Art Society that highlights Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore through several platforms in exhibitions, websites, talks, workshops & commissioned services. SCYA was initiated by Jacquelyn Soo who is an artist, curator and director for SCYA. SCYA has over 10 members in the society contributing ideas, activities to support the organisation. SCYA represents up to 70 Singaporean/PR Artists in their works. SCYA launched their first project in Nov 2008 with a website collaboration with FIVEFOOTWAY that featured 23 Contemporary Young Artists Portfolios on an interactive website. Since then, SCYA have had several collaborations and events organised with corporations, government institutions, NGOS and education institutions, Please visit our website for more details: Like us on Facebook! Thank you!

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