A star has landed in Penang, Malaysia. Built from steel cables and over 500 meters of LED light, artist Jun Hao Ong’s latest site-specific installation, The Star, traverses a four-story cement building to illuminate the 2015 Urban Xchange public art festival. Steel rods fan out from the sculpture’s spherical center, piercing through the building’s foundation in an acute interconnected network of light. The sculpture looks like a colossal neon 3D spider web bursting from the third floor of a run-down building in the Raja Uda suburb of Butterworth, a city in mainland Penang.
The Star is one of many light sculptures from Jun Hao Ong. The Malaysian artist and architect experiments with different light arrangements and presentation structures, “coupling low-tech materials with hi-tech application,” according to his website. This piece is Ong’s submission to festival and exhibition held at the Hin Bus Depot, a contemporary art center determined on inspiring a new generation of contemporary Malaysian artist. The festival program brings together renowned international and local artists to encourage and challenge
the artistic and creative potential of the city’s urban environment.
“The Star is a glitch in current political and cultural climate of the country, it is a manifestation of the sterile conditions of Butterworth, a once thriving industrial port and significant terminal between the mainland and island,” according to the project’s description.
A four-storey high art installation in the shape of a 12-sided star will be
launched as part of this year’s Urban Xchange (UX) Festival.
The international public art festival is back for the second year to bring more murals to the state along with other works including the UX: Artisan Project and this large scale art installation by young Malaysian artist Ong Jun Hao.
Touted to be the biggest art installation in Malaysia, the star-shaped installation will be
placed within the concrete superstructure of a building along
Jalan Raja Uda in Seberang Perai.
Ong, who goes by Jun Ong, created the site-specific installation as the main highlight
for this year’s UX.
The 27-year-old architect will be making the one-of-its-kind installation with close to 500 metres of steel cables and LED strips, producing an abstract light installation of steel simply called “The Star.”