Capital Tower

Building People

Sculpture, Steel, 290x185x120cm , 2008
Artist:  Kurt Laurenz Metzler (b.1941), Switzerland
Location:  Capital Tower Level 1, Singapore


The title of this unique piece of steel sculpture happens to be the same as CapitaLand’s credo “Building People”, and the work is an amalgam of buildings and people in form. Standing almost 3m tall, the main “person” has two parts: an upper body made up of building blocks of different shapes; and a lower body of stylized legs in trousers and feet in big shoes. To add to the element of fantasy, Metzler placed tiny human beings of both genders on the arms, expressed as staircases, of the person. Are these the small people that scale the ladder of the corporation which is the “big person”?

Artist’s Biography

Kurt Laurenz Metzler has a sculptor’s diploma from an art school in Zurich. He apprenticed under a car body tinsmith and subsequently a few sculptors before forging his own identity and reputation. You can find Metzler’s sculptures exhibited in public spaces internationally in countries like Australia, Germany, Italy, United States, and Singapore.

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