tulip Palepai
Navigating the river of the world

2013 - ongoing
Commissioned Artwork
Centraal Station,
Amsterdam, NL

For this hallway in Centraal Station, Tee proposed a tapestry constructed of dried tulip petals that integrates two elements: the iconic Dutch tulip and the large textiles from southern Sumatra known as palepai (ship) cloths. The Ship Cloths are ethnographic artifacts from a long history of trade. These intricate textiles became expressions of culture, used in rites of passage. The predominant motif is that of a ship. The image suggests the idea of human souls in motion to new lives, or the afterlife. Tee’s design will tell its own story of travelling; incorporating images taken from Dutch scenery, this tulip petal tapestry serves as an abstract narrative.

The inauguration of the artwork is planned for 2017.