ION Orchard

Nutmeg & Mace

Sculpture, Bronze, 360x480x330cm , 2009
Artist:  Kumari Nahappan (b.1953), Malaysia - Singapore
Location:  ION Orchard Level 1, Singapore


Placed at the entrance plaza of ION Orchard, this sculpture tells us about the history of Orchard Road, where plantations of various kinds of crops such as nutmeg once thrived. Nutmeg and Mace are two spices from the same fruit of the nutmeg tree. Nutmeg is the seed while mace is the lacy reddish covering of the seed. In this sculpture, a much larger-than-life nutmeg fruit is featured and cut-open to reveal the seed and its mace. The mace is intricately carved and both the fruit and seed are beautifully patinated.

Artist’s Biography

Kumari Nahappan was trained in interior design in Willesden College of Technology and pursued a successful interior design career, before studying fine arts at LASALLE College of the Arts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from RMIT University. Her artworks have been exhibited in Asia, Europe, and the USA. Kumari has received many accolades including the 2011 Sculpture of the Year at Shanghai Art Fair.

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