Over Chinese New Year, Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown welcomed the Year of the Ox in a most fitting manner—with a red mosaic ox standing guard at its entrance. Evoking robustness, strength and a can-do attitude, this striking art piece is the work of Alice Chang Oi Lai of L2 Gallery who had wanted to mark the new year with a optimistic message after an awful 2020.
"I just wanted to express the positive spirit of the occasion," says Chang. "I had the ox head looking up to signify that we should always look ahead and go forward."
This is just the first of many art pieces that Chang will be creating for the hotel located in the heart of historic Chinatown. Choy Yuin Yi, the director of hospitality of Masteron, the owning company of Four Points Chinatown, reveals that the partnership with L2 Gallery is a year-long one, and it involves the latter creating a series of installations of mosaic sculptures.
"I think unique art are important in reflecting the identity of the space. In the concept of a hotel, they enhance the guests experience and allow them to have an authentic connection with the space," notes Choy. "The series of sculptures will reflect the Malaysian Chinese diaspora with undertones of strength and resilience. It's also the reason why we chose the red mosaic ox to be our first installation—the ox symbolises bullishness and resilience to rid what had been a horrible Year of the Rat."
Choi reveals that the hotel will serve as a "moving art gallery", with new installations to appear at various spots around the hotel throughout the year. She hints that the next installation could be a phoenix at the Peranakan restaurant Lady Yi's Tea House.