The Panda Family

Sculpture, Bronze, 2013
Artist:  Julien Marinetti (b.1967), France
Location:  Westgate Level 1, Singapore


Specially commissioned for Westgate, The Panda Family features four pandas in an identical sitting posture with the father at the head of the group and the mother and children looking at him with respect. The panda subject hints at CapitaLand’s sponsorship of the 10-year stay of two giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia in Singapore, and also at the proximity of Westgate to the Chinese Garden, whose pagoda and pavilions have long been prominent landmarks of Jurong. Look carefully at the seemingly abstract paintings on the bodies of the children pandas and you will find references to these landmark buildings. Even the colours have meanings: orange and red for the sun, pagoda and pavilions; blue for water and sky; and green for nature.

Artist’s Biography

Julien Marinetti discovered his artistic feel during his youth. He ran away from school, which he considered boring, and spent days wandering in museums. He later joined the Beaux-Arts School in Paris but felt like a stranger there and left the school after only 48 hours. By chance, Marinetti met Jean Dewasne who taught him the art of painted metallic “anti-sculptures”, thus developing his own distinct sculptural style.

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