pamela tan installs hundreds of thin lantern sheets in kuala lumpur

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Endless Frames by Pamela Tan

Artist Pamela Tan showcases her floating art installation ‘Endless Frames’, for Kwai Chai Hong, the so-called Ghost Lane in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In celebration of the ‘Moon Festival/Mid Autumn Festival’, the Chinese heritage lane takes visitors on a journey back in the 1960s golden era of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, through interactive murals and installations. ‘Endless Frames’ creates a cavern-like tunnel that references traditional Chinese wooden door and window frames. 

pamela tan installs hundreds of thin lantern sheets in kuala lumpur
hundreds of intricate thin frames | all images by Aaron Wong unless stated otherwise

a Ghost-like TUNNEL THROUGH TIME

Designed by Pamela Tan (see more here), ‘Endless Frames’ acts as a tunnel through time. The floating lantern sheets resemble the traditional Chinese wooden door frames design taking a modern twist with a softer form and a colorful palette. The hanging frames construct an intricate structure made out of thin sheet material, allowing the light to come through all the colors and shapes. The historical background of the piece’s design reflects on the heritage of the past. Similarly, its ghost-like appearance projects an ambiguity in the future that is about to unfold. A walk under the cavern-like tunnel works as a stroll through time connecting the past and future in an effort to preserve cultural heritage in a rapidly changing world.

pamela tan installs hundreds of thin lantern sheets in kuala lumpur
a colorful cavern-like tunnel | image by Ewyn Shum

pamela tan installs hundreds of thin lantern sheets in kuala lumpur
intricate lantern sheets referencing chinese tradition

pamela tan installs hundreds of thin lantern sheets in kuala lumpur
light coming through all the colors and shapes of the structure

pamela tan installs hundreds of thin lantern sheets in kuala lumpur
floating lantern sheets in soft form and a colorful palette

pamela tan installs hundreds of thin lantern sheets in kuala lumpur
the design reflects on the heritage of the past | image by Ewyn Shum

hundreds of this intricate thin lantern sheets installation for moon festival 11
the installation connects the past and future | image by Ewyn Shum

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