Five Stones

Five Stones

Various locations

7 Nov 2019 - 19 Jan 2020

Five Stones by Twardzik-Ching Chor Leng is a playful public art project comprising large-scale inflatables reminiscent of the familiar childhood game. Igniting personal memories, shared histories and a collective remembrance of gathering around simple play, each stone offers exciting new ways of experiencing art in the everyday, and invites all to engage in the spirit of communal play and openness once more.
Its appearance in Punggol marks the start of a three-month journey around Singapore: the colourful inflatables will  pop up at multiple locations across the island in December 2019, before they gather in the Civic District for Singapore Art Week in January 2020. Echoing the tossing and gathering of five stones, the movement of the work through our landscape is an attempt to recapture the city’s imagination and inspire the individual through each chance encounter. 
Trace their journey via @publicarttrustsg
Spot and tag #sg5Stones #SpotThe5Stones #publicarttrustsg
Follow our programmes on this page, and come play with the artworks!


A commission by the Public Art Trust in commemoration of the Singapore Bicentennial, as part of Arts in Your Neighbourhood in November 2019.



Gather for good ol' fun with your family, friends, neighbours and the wider Punggol community! Create your own set of five stones, or refashion them into trinkets for your everyday use. Make puppets and join five puppet-characters on a storytelling adventure about friendship. 

UPDATE: No registration is required for all programmes. Come by earlier to sign up on the spot! 

Look out for the following programmes at Oasis Terraces on 17 & 24 Nov


Puppet Storytelling
3.00 - 3.30pm | 5.30 - 6.00pm | 6.45 - 7.00pm 
Make your own puppets using Five Stones and pieces of cloth. 

Paint a 'Five Stone' with artist Twardzik-Ching Chor Leng
4.00 - 6.00pm
Join the artist in painting one of our 3-metre high Five Stones. 

Free Play!
Get up close and have fun with a full set of giant Five Stones. See you outdoors at the field! 

Five Stone Showdown (Heats)
Try your hand at this all-time favourite game. See if you can best the rest and emerge as the champion of Five Stones. The top 20 participants will be invited back for the finals on 24 Nov. 

How to participate: 
1. Register at our Five Stones Showdown Arena at Oasis Terraces
2. Complete as many steps of the Five Stones game as possible within a given time, to gain points
3. Participants with the highest points will be shortlisted for the semi-finals and finals on 24 Nov

1st prize: $100 voucher + champion trophy 
2nd prize: $50 voucher + trophy 
3rd prize: $30 + trophy

Arty Stones
Decorate your own paper Five Stones with motifs by the artist. 


Five Stones Showdown
3.30 - 5.15pm (Semi-finals & Finals) 
Top 20 participants compete for the title of the ultimate Five Stones champion! 

Toss Stone Championship
3.15 - 3.45pm | 4.15 - 4.45pm 
Stand a chance to win a set of magnets from this friendly tournament. 

Five Stones Trinkets
4.00 - 4.45pm | 5.30 - 6.15pm 
Refashion the Five Stones into trinkets for everyday use. 

Free Play!
Get up close and have fun with a full set of giant Five Stones. See you outdoors at the field! 

DIY Five Stones
Create your own Five Stones using different materials. 

Curious about the fabric designs in Five Stones? 

Read on to learn more! 

The cloud motif known as megamendung is especially distinctive of batik textile designs from the coastal city of Cirebon in Indonesia. Interestingly, its origins can be traced back to the arrival of ethnic Chinese there, along with ceramic wares and fabrics brought from China by ancient maritime trade. Clouds bring rain, and were often used in Chinese art as symbols of life and abundance. Megamendung thus alludes to the coming together of different ethnicities, religions and philosophies that is synonymous with the cultural fabric of Singapore.

The small triangular bags used for playing five stones are traditionally made with leftover off-cuts of batik cloth, which often portray floral designs. Inspired by the set the artist played with as a child, this work features the Agnes variety of hybrid orchid Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim - Singapore’s national flower, a symbol of our vibrancy, uniqueness and resilience.
Myan & Frangipani 
This design was inspired by the Taman Teratai (Lotus Garden) motif in Indonesian batik, which depicts herons in a lotus pond at sunset. The scene was common in Chinese paintings, which influenced Japanese visual culture and later became popular in Indonesia’s coastal cities through European magazines, when Japanese art was fashionable in the West. 

Herons and lotus ponds are relatively uncommon in Singapore, however. Here, the artist uses images of the mynah and frangipani tree instead to place the visual migration of cultures embodied by Taman Teratai in a local context – highlighting the many human voyages in history that have led to the cultural hybridisation of nations like Singapore.

Common Rose Butterfly
Have you seen Singapore’s national butterfly? With a vermilion body and strikingly patterned black wings, its red dots and white streaks evoke the five stars and crescent moon of our national flag. The Common Rose Butterfly featured here was voted Singapore’s national butterfly in 2015. 
This geometric print is inspired by vintage window and door grills that the artist remembers from growing up in a HDB estate. A common feature of Singapore’s public housing during the 1960s to 80s, such grills prevented break-ins and kept children safe in high-rise buildings. Windows also mark the boundary between one’s private space and the public realm outside, while framing our view of the world beyond home.