The work of the sculptor Zadok Ben-David is being installed
throughout the lush grounds of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The lush grounds of Singapore's renowned Botanic Gardens have
"sprouted" some extremely large flowers and trees.
The works of the sculptor Zadok Ben-David, a poetic intertwining
of human forms and nature, are being installed as part of Sotheby's
first exhibition in Asia of outdoor sculptures for sale, and they
already look right at home amid the vegetation here.
Sotheby's has been staging exhibitions of monumental sculpture at
Isleworth in Florida since 2003 and on the grounds of Chatsworth
House in Derbyshire since 2006 but while these exhibitions have
usually showcased a multitude of artists, only a few have been solo
shows, such as the exhibition this year of Barry Flanagan's work at
"A solo exhibition tells more of a story, otherwise you have
disconnected pieces that create impressions," said Alexander Platon,
Sotheby's head of private sales in Europe, who organizes the
Chatsworth sculpture exhibition every year and was in Singapore to
oversee the installations.
Mr. Ben-David already has a few of his large installations on
display in Singapore, including one at the entrance to the Jacob
Ballas Children's Garden, which is part of the Singapore Botanic
Gardens, and for this Singapore exhibition the London-based Yemeni
sculptor has created 12 new site-specific sculptures to be displayed
and offered for sale along with five more works.
Although the exhibition doesn't officially open until the end of
October, 15 of the 17 sculptures are already installed and can be
seen now, though they will not have their final weathered look until
closer to the opening.
"What I love about Zadok's sculptures is that they have the
ability to disappear and reappear in the landscape. You don't get
tired of them," Mr. Platon said while walking around the garden,
adding, "These pieces are perfectly integrated to the natural
landscape and look like they could have been here for a long time.
They make a statement, but they're not overwhelming and I think that
it's important they don't interrupt the natural beauty. They add to
it, embellish it."
Mr. Platon said Sotheby's selected Mr. Ben-David because his
sculptures were already well-known in Asia: "We've had an amazing
response for his works in the region. It's an aesthetic that matches
the Asian sensibility, and he is collected in the region and in
Singapore, in particular."
Born in the Yemen and educated in Israel, Mr. …