WOW, in collaboration with Greenlam Laminates presents the “Point of Balance” – an installation designed to showcase Greenlam’s products at the 2015 Indesign Singapore event. The design concept of the installation is derived from interpreting the event theme “Balance” to convey Greenlam and WOW’s shared ethos and commitment to ecological living and building.
The installation uses 443 acrylic rods on a 12.5 x 12.5 cm grid representing a forest of trees. Placed over these trees are Balancing Birds modeled after a bird-shaped toy commonly used in physics class to teach the principles of gravity and center mass. Creating the perfect balance and angle out of the laminate birds proved to be the biggest challenge and achieved by many rounds of trials and errors.
The original inspiration to feature birds came from their vital role in maintaining the ecological balance of nature. Birds are agents of seeds dispersal, biological control of pests and bio-indicators of pollution. Yet, there are currently over 1,000 species of birds considered to be endangered, threatened or vulnerable. That’s one in eight birds.
Guests are invited to pick up a bird from the nest and balance it on unoccupied trees to re-populate the forest and restore balance. Greenlam & WOW’s hopes that this symbolic gesture provides a moment to reflect on our place in this world and the beautiful ecosystems we can choose to protect.