Stairs stripped of gold

Lasalle student Priyageetha Dia, 25, has removed her "golden staircase" creation that led to a debate about art in public spaces. On Facebook yesterday morning, she said: "The existence and the end of this work bears my responsibility and no one else
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Lasalle student Priyageetha Dia, 25, has removed her "golden staircase" creation that led to a debate about art in public spaces. On Facebook yesterday morning, she said: "The existence and the end of this work bears my responsibility and no one else
ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Lasalle student Priyageetha Dia, 25, has removed her "golden staircase" creation that led to a debate about art in public spaces. On Facebook yesterday morning, she said: "The existence and the end of this work bears my responsibility and no one else
The "little trace" refers to a small square of gold foil on the bottom stepST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

Lasalle student Priyageetha Dia, 25, has removed her "golden staircase" creation that led to a debate about art in public spaces. On Facebook yesterday morning, she said: "The existence and the end of this work bears my responsibility and no one else's. With a little trace left behind, a memento of the space. Till we meet again." The "little trace" refers to a small square of gold foil on the bottom step. She later told The Straits Times in a text message: "It was voluntarily removed by me, no pressure from the town council. To me, my work is already done." She created the artwork for her final-year project by covering one flight of steps on the 20th floor of a Jalan Rajah HDB block with gold foil a week ago. Photos have been shared online since early last week.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2017, with the headline 'Stairs stripped of gold'. Print Edition | Subscribe