Built on the Ashes

2016-2018

In August 2013, the National Environment Agency announced plans for the relocation of the urns at Mount Vernon Columbarium to make way for the development of Bidadari Estate. The scarcity of land space in Singapore demands that we manage the use of it. If the urns are not claimed after 3 years, NEA will scatter the ashes at sea.

Round and round I go, up the pagoda, circumambulating. I follow the drops of hardened red wax. 6. I catch up to the sky. 7. I no longer see the roofs. 8. I am above the tree and I see the land below me. The tree whispers to me the promises of the dead. I am space. And all around the ashes of tomorrow.

Even in death we struggle to find space.

Built on the Ashes by Ernest Wu on Vimeo.

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