purple medicine garden




The Purple Medicine Garden was a response to Martha Rosler's open invitation to local artists and other community groups to participate/collaborate in a garden project titled "Proposed Helsinki Garden for the Singapore Biennale 2011". The purple-hued plants take the design of a mandala within an abandoned circle-shaped fountain garden in the old airport grounds. Bangladeshi migrant workers from the Prince's nursery cleared the old garden to plant the Ti plant, the oyster plant and the joyweed, all medicinal herbs and commonly found in Singapore. The work alludes to the loss of local knowledge as the plants are now known more for their ornamental rather than for their medicinal purposes.

Plants, soil, brick, stones, cement
750cm x 750cm x 100cm (approx)
2011

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Shirley Soh

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Shirley Soh