Rangoli display at Gardens by the Bay sets new record ahead of Deepavali

Local visual artist Vijaya Mohan created the largest rangoli display made of glass marbles, setting a new record in the Singapore Book of Records. The traditional art of Rangoli takes on a modern twist through the use of paper, markers and some 15,00
Local visual artist Vijaya Mohan created the largest rangoli display made of glass marbles, setting a new record in the Singapore Book of Records. The traditional art of Rangoli takes on a modern twist through the use of paper, markers and some 15,000 marbles. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Local visual artist Vijaya Mohan created the largest rangoli made of glass marbles, measuring 10m by 12m.
Local visual artist Vijaya Mohan created the largest rangoli made of glass marbles, measuring 10m by 12m. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - Just in time for Deepavali next week, a rangoli (floor decoration) display at Gardens by the Bay set a new record here on Saturday (Oct 22).

Measuring 10m by 12m, the colourful display, dubbed Rangoli Radiance, set a new Singapore record for the largest collage made of glass marbles, as determined by the Singapore Book of Records.

The rangoli is a colourful pattern usually created on the floor using dyed rice and dry flour. For the Rangoli Radiance at Gardens by the Bay, glitter, coloured paper and nearly 15,000 glass marbles were used.

It was created by local visual artist Madam Vijaya Mohan - who conceptualised the rangoli - and more than 550 people to celebrate Deepavali, which falls on Oct 29.

Rangoli Radiance was officially unveiled on Saturday morning by Mr Heng Chee How, Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office and MP for Jalan Besar GRC. Mr Heng also placed the finishing touches to the rangoli.

Preparatory work for the rangoli display began in August when Madam Vijaya, 57, worked with 25 organisations, including voluntary welfare organisations and schools, to create about 500 pieces of artwork.

The artworks were then pieced together by Madam Vijaya at Gardens by the Bay on Friday (Oct 21) to form the Rangoli Radiance display.

Saturday's record is Madam Vijaya's 14th in the Singapore Book of Records .

The Rangoli Radiance exhibition will be at Gardens by the Bay until Oct 30.