The 'WONDERBRAIN' is a knit sculpture dreamed up by artist Tricia Hollingum and myself, in collaboration with the NUS (National University of Singapore) Centre for the Arts. In an attempt to marry Art and Science, we conceptualised a giant Brain sculpture created by long knitted tubes of upcycled materials such as unwanted T-shirts and plastic bags.
Working on donations from the public, we gathered volunteers from the University, ACE Seniors, and the general public over a series of workshops from January - March 2016. The donated material was then reinvented into yarn, which was knitted into tubes with finger knitting and with a simple device fashioned from household goods. These completed knitted tubes were then arranged into cerebral lobes onto a wire structure to form the brain, complete with lights imitating the pulsing of a brain.
This WONDERBRAIN was part of the WONDER Festival, an annual arts festival organised by the NUS. A total of 3 'Meet-and-Knit' sessions in front of the sculpture were organised, where interested parties could learn to work with recycled material to do finger and arm knitting.
Photos by Nithya Selva