If you’re in town for F1 weekend, arguably Singapore’s biggest party of the year, you’re probably all set to go full throttle when the sun goes down — between the night race and the musical entertainment (from Jay Chou to The Killers, Simply Red to Dua Lipa), the island’s iconic hawker stall eats and the thumping bar scene, there’s more than enough to keep you riveted.
But we’re going to add something more to the mix and suggest you make a little pit stop at 30-year-old Italian sculptor Edoardo Tresoldi’s breathtaking wire-mesh installation called Cube Temple, now on display at Cargo39 (39 Keppel Road, #03-03 Tanjong Pagar Distripark) until Sunday, September 16.
The installation, which features a ghostly chapel structure within a cube of floating tiers in Tresoldi’s signature wire-mesh material, is a collaboration between the artist and lighting specialists DZ Engineering, the company that’s been lighting up the Formula 1 racetrack since the night race debuted in Singapore in 2008. It’s staged in Singapore with the cooperation of the Dino Zoli Foundation.
Art fans out there, this one’s worth checking out. Cube Temple is a rare glimpse in Asia into the works of an exciting young but already extremely accomplished artist — last year, Tresoldi was cited by Forbes as one of the 30 Most Influential European Artists Under 30. This year, he crossed the Atlantic and made waves in the US, where he installed his largest artwork to date — an impressive, neo-classical structure with three domes of increasing heights and sizes — at the celebrity-strewn Coachella, the mother of all music and arts festivals arts held every year in California.
Cube Temple, a 4m tall installation, is a much smaller work but nevertheless features hallmarks of Tresoldi’s art: the wire material that creates an ethereal transparent structure, dramatic lighting that helps merge the phantom layers of two very disparate architecture styles — the cube and the operatic arches of a place of worship. “The Cube Temple for me is one of my favorite small songs,” explains Edoardo, who flew in to Singapore earlier in the week to set up the artwork with his team. “It’s one of my smaller works, but at the time it’s one of the beautiful results of my research about the shape and the sacrality of the classical architecture. I’m really happy to put it here, because it’s like a really happy poem of shape.”
It’s a statement on how everything is and must be fleeting; Cube Temple has a four-day run. A previous work, built for a private function, stayed up for a mere four hours. Many of his works are also site-specific, and some of the most memorable are built on centuries-old ruins of sacred sites. The installation in the Basilica di Siponto in Southern Italy in 2016 was his first collaboration with DZ Engineering.
Tresoldi’s creative journey began in his native Italy, where he moved from his hometown of Milan to work as a set designer for movies in Rome. “Nothing so famous,” he says, “it was a real underground situation.” Nothing underground about his acclaimed architectural installations now.