Check out these meaningful Tian Tian Xiang Shang figurines designed by many celebrities including Joanne Peh, Jeanette Aw, Qi Yu Wu
Tian Tian Xiang Shang
Tian Tian Xiang Shang (TTXS) Conceptual Comic was first created by Danny Yung in 1970s, further developed in 2008 to explore Space, Narrative Structure and Perception. Currently, there is an exhibition held within Raffles City Shopping Centre, where TTXS figurines designed by local celebs, students, illustrators, artists and more are displayed.
The concept behind the whole exhibition is to provide a blank figurine that represents an empty canvas full of possibilities – a platform for discussion, engagement and creativity where each person can express him or herself through individual designs.
We took a trip down to see what our local celebs and artists have created, snapped some photos and shared it in this gallery. Psst, head down and take a selfie with any of the figurines and post it on instagram with #TTXSSG #DANNYYUNG #RCSTTXS and stand a chance to win a 12cm Tian Tian figurine and 10,000 stars for accumulation of points.
Jeanette Aw - Actress
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“Tian Tian is a reflection of my journey as a swimmer, a coach and a Singaporean. A long time ago I had to keep explaining that Singapore is not part of Red China and that we were taught to speak fluent English.
Swimming on the world stage was life changing and exhilarating. Going beyond the comfort of home was necessary if one is to break down barriers. Tian Tian points to infinity and the possibilities!”
“I made this in response to the success of Pink Dot over the years. Tian Tian reminded me of that sense of hope you feel when you see countless families at the event, teaching their children about values of inclusion and kindness.
I hope that as Pink Dot enters its 10th year, more meaningful conversations will prevail and that the spirit of love and inclusion will not only occur once a year, but every day.”
“After being a father, I’ve spent more time considering about my family and kid. Naturally, you’ll wish for the best for them, wonder if your child will carve a future out for him or herself, will he or she be successful. Yet all of these are not synonymous with a child’s innocence.”
“At some point in our lives when our basic and psychological needs are met, we begin in search of something less tangible and more fulfilling – happiness, peace and enlightenment.
While we present an appearance of calm and try to to assure others that everything is good and all right, our fears and flaws often weigh us down. We cannot truly fly if we dare not lift our feet. We cannot be free if we do not rid our burdens.”
“Change is the only constant and these days, everything moves at an incredible pace. Blink and you’re left behind, or that there is something new. The figurine has been transformed into a fully-functional computer to reflect these thoughts.
The design on the body is inspired by the printed circuit board, its hand-drawn style mimics the anaglyphic look of ancient Egyptian art and cavemen drawings.”
“In my opinion (when I first saw Tian Tian), Tian Tian symbolises the many of us who wish to fly to the stars in the sky but is rooted heavily due to all kinds of reasons. One problem that almost all of us face would be the past.
The main obstacle that prevents us from our future are the bondages from our past. Here’s my interpretation of Tian Tian – future trapped in past.”
“The carrot and stick image refers to how farmers in a drive to yield more crop or better results will slave-drive their mules to work harder by dangling a carrot in front to induce hunger and urge the animals to hastily move forward.
The stick held behind is used to hit the animals to egg them on or to induce pain so that there can be more gain. The carrot and stick approach refers to a policy of offering a combination of rewards and punishments, to promote good behaviour in the subject.”