Title: ‘Don’t Forget The Mask’
During this 2 months Circuit Breaker period, where many of us have been working from home, I have seen my granddaughter grow from a baby to a toddler.
This COVID pandemic has impacted out lives both physically and mentally. It is the worst of time but also the best of times. It has given us the opportunity to show more compassion toward the less privileged and the less fortunate. It is only with love that we can make the world a better place to live in.
The idea behind the “T” shirt design was inspired by children books like “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak and “Don’t Forget The Bacon” by Pat Hutchins.
The T-shirt design illustrates a lion wearing a mask with the message “Don’t Forget The Mask”. When the mask (which is designed with snap on buttons to stick to the ‘T’ shirt) is removed, a “wild looking” lion face will be revealed, signifying the selfish and irresponsible side of our human nature.
The removable “mask” from the T-shirt serves as a fun and educational tool for the young, similar to the role played by many interactive children books and aims to convey the idea of social responsibility. The removable mask can also be a great conversational piece for adults. Particularly, teens will always enjoy the tongue in cheek message which reminds us of the importance of wearing a mask in this COVID 19 pandemic.
Lastly, the ‘T’ shirt design also intends to show our gratitude to all the foreign workers who have toiled hard in building Singapore.
Look Boon Gee is currently the managing director of LOOK Architects, an internationally acclaimed practice based in Singapore. He founded the firm in 1993 along with partner Ms. Ng Sor Hiang after having received his architectural education and training in Australia. He is a prominent figure in the Singapore architectural design scene and has won numerous accolades both local and international, including the President’s Design Award 2018 for the Fuzhou Jinniushan Trans-urban Connector and the President’s Design Award – Designer of the Year in 2009.
Mr. Look approaches the challenge of design with the intention to craft a multifaceted response to the problems and possibilities presented by each project. He believes that design should be efficient, coherent, intuitive and serve to synthesize and harmonize the complexities of architecture, landscape, urban design, materiality, and sustainability. He sees architecture and urban design as a creative endeavour that strives to make the world a memorable and lively place.