bask in the bright sunshiny day

Happy Place, Happy Space

The beauty of change is the appreciation that it brings. Although I am typically change-averse (it takes me a while to adjust), the sudden sunshine this morning amidst a week of rain brought me much delight.

I ran down Orchard Road, a shopping boulevard. past this sculpture which I often run past. This morning’s light hit it in such an interesting way, I had to pause for some minutes with it.

“Nutmeg & Mace” (2009) by Kumari Nahappan

“{Nutmeg & Mace} connects the mall building site with its past as a nutmeg plantation – a reminder that present-day social spaces are enlivened and enriched with histories and collective memories…

Award-winning Kumari Nahappan, a versatile painter and sculptor, is reputed for her public artworks that explore Nature’s forms and Asian identity. Her two-tonne bronze sculpture is an interpretation of an opened nutmeg seed revealing its distinctive crimson mace – the unique lace-like covering...

A symbol of trade prosperity, the nutmeg is celebrated as the only tropical fruit that bears two flavours – referring to how both spices of nutmeg and mace are extracted from a single seed.

Do you use nutmeg or mace in any of your cooking/baking?

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  1. To be honest, I am still learning how to use nutmeg. I’ve put it in macaroni and cheese and cookies, but I’m willing to experiment. I’ve never seen a nutmeg plant so I thought that was a statue of a pear or a peach or some stone fruit.


    1. Nutmeg in my experience growing up is a dried fruit which we ate at fairs & special occasions. Using it as a spice a relatively new endeavour for me.


  2. Very cool sculpture! I can see why you stopped for a closer look. I do use nutmeg and have used mace in the past, but had little idea about were it came from (I just read the Wikipedia article after reading your post).
    I hope you have a great weekend!


    1. I must have known the 2 spices were related, but reacquainting myself with this fact seemed rather novel – I’m afraid this happens all too often these days. I am glad I stopped to read the info plaque on this day.

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    1. I am thinking of both those delicious treats …. fruit crumble we make often, but rice pudding less so. I can imagine the nutmeg in these. I must admit I typically use nutmeg only when I making pumpkin spiced goodies. I should change this. 😆

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  3. I love the sculpture. Never realized how much the fruit looks like a pair. I use nutmeg a lot. I haven’t used mace in years. Maybe I’ll give it a try again soon. Gorgeous sculpture.


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