“Guan Yin” – Sand Art Sharing by Singapore Sand Artist Lawrence

Buddhism Singapore Sand Art Sand Artist Lawrence

Guanyin is the bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, which means “Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World”. She is also sometimes referred to as Guanyin Pusa (simplified Chinese: 观音菩萨; traditional Chinese: 觀音菩薩; pinyin: Guānyīn Púsà; literally “Bodhisattva Guanyin”). Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the western pure land of Sukhāvatī.

It is generally accepted among East Asian adherents that Guanyin originated as the Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara (अवलोकितेश्वर). Commonly known in English as the Mercy Goddess or Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin is also revered by Chinese Taoists (or Daoists) as an Immortal. However, in folk traditions such as Chinese mythology, there are other stories about Guanyin’s origins that are outside jatakas of Avalokiteśvara recorded in Buddhist sutras.



Lawrence Koh is an international multi-disciplinary artist, specializing in both visual arts and the performing arts. He has embarked on his artistic journey at a young age and acquired his Bachelor of Arts (Second Class Honours) from the LaSalle College of the Arts. Lawrence’s artistic specialties: sand animation art, designing, vocal, stage performances, theatre performances and acting for TV dramas, TV commercials, short films, corporate films and movies as the featuring talent.

Being one of the few artistes to enter the Singapore Armed Forces Music & Drama Company (SAF MDC), Lawrence received professional training as a performing artist and has performed in over 190 shows locally and internationally with SAF MDC alone. Notable performances include – Mindef National Day Observation Ceremony, Singapore ASEAN, National Day Parade, SAF Pride Day and international performances in Australia. Despite being a performing artist with SAF MDC, Lawrence also contributed his talents as a designer and stage manager and is still actively involving as a performing artist in concerts, corporate performances, musical theatres, TV and movie productions and also experimental theatre productions with local and international theatre companies.

Utilizing his skills as a visual artist and a performing artist, Lawrence narrates countless stories as a sand artist; utilizing the awe-inspiring combination of sand, music and light to bring audience of all age group on a surreal and imaginative journey into the world of sand art. During Lawrence’s sand art performances for local and international corporate events, theatre performances, TV performances and artistic collaborations, amazing sand art images evolve right before the audience’s very eyes. Lawrence was also invited by “Brand Now Asia” (one of the leading PR and Marketing company in Thailand) to perform a special sand art performance for the official launch of “MSH International” in Thailand, with Lawrence’s sand art performance being the highlight of the evening. Lawrence’s sand animation art can be seen regularly in official launch, prestigious awards ceremony, annual awards, television shows, commercials & documentaries, dinner & dance, theatre productions, international corporate events as well as local events. Lawrence is also part of National Arts Council’s “Arts for All” programme and was featured on “Awaken” magazine’s exclusive Vesak Day 2013 interview with Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.

As a sand artist, Lawrence found delight in collaborations with artists of various other disciplines (e.g. dancers, DJ, live musicians etc). He was given the honour to have a special collaboration with the renowned Bhaskar’s Arts Academy during the major theatre production “CHAKRA”, featuring a captivating combination of Indian dance, ballet, live Indian music and sand art. The performance was graced by the presence of former president Mr. S.R Nathan, with the performance tickets sold out completely while receiving standing ovation from satisfied audiences and VIPs. Lawrence’s theatre performance collaboration with Bhaskar’s Arts Academy continues with “Nalanda” at the Singapore Esplanade with the performance proudly archived by NLB.

Amidst the sand art journey for Singapore and international performances, Lawrence was interviewed as the featuring artist on Singapore Mediacorp Okto channel’s “Arts.Music.Performances” and performed his original sand art “SoLuna”. Lawrence’s sand art also captured the attention of Singapore Mediacorp’s “Artless Travelled Season 2” – an international TV documentary about the lesser seen art forms of Asia with Lawrence being featured as the Singapore sand artist that proudly represents one of Singapore’s unique art forms on the show, together with special performances and a TV biography interview. Lawrence was also featured on Starhub E-City’s television commercial as a sand artist. Apart from documentaries and commercials, Lawrence is proud to be the sand artist for Mediacorp Channel 5 and Suria Channel’s telemovie – “Remembering SARS”; with Lawrence’s sand art being the highlight of the telemovie portraying stories of Singaporean’s battle against SARS.


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Lawrence Koh – International sand art virtuoso and multi-disciplinary artist specialized in both the visual art and the performing art. Utilizing an awe-inspiring combination of sand, music and light, Lawrence created countless stories as a sand artist during his local and international performances as well as prestigious events such as award ceremonies, official launch, grand opening, dinner & dance, festive celebrations, meetings, seminars and anniversary celebrations. Lawrence’s performance is often graced by foreign delegates, local VIPs and international guests; while also received positive responses from notable guests such as the Former President of Singapore Mr S.R Nathan, Mr Teo Chee Hean, Minister Lee Yi Shyan, Minister Heng Swee Keat, Dr Ng Eng Hen, MP Tin Pei Ling, International Model Sonia Couling, Dr Chan Mei Yoke, MP Low Yen Ling and Film Director Eric Khoo. Some of Lawrence’s notable performances: MSH International Official Thailand Opening, Gourmet Abu Dhabi, Platts Top 250, Monetary Authority of Singapore Inter Central Bank Games, OCBC Regional Seminar, United Engineers 100 Years Anniversary, Shell Groundbreaking Ceremony, National University Health System Charity Gala Dinner at Gardens by the Bay, Lee Ming Wei’s Luminous Depths Installation Opening the Peranakan Museum, NTUC U Picnic, People’s Association’s New Year Countdown, Singapore Turf Club’s SIA Cup, BCA Awards, Institute of Mental Health 85th Anniversary, Kajima 25th Anniversary, Zurich Global Life Awards, BCI Asia Awards, Daido (Japan) 110th Anniversary Commendation Ceremony and many more. Some of Lawrence’s previous clients: Mandarin Oriental, McDonald, KFC, Pizza Hut, Panasonic, Singapore Armed Forces, National Heritage Board, Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, National Arts Council, Lian Beng Group Ltd, 7 Eleven, Abbott, Daikin, Melchers, Singex, National Library Board Singapore, Singapore Expo, Bosch, Ministry of Education, Sentosa, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, GlaxoSmithKline, National Healthcare Group, Sonangol, Mediacorp. Being a celebrated artist in Singapore’s entertainment and art scene, Lawrence’s career spans across theatre productions, cultural fusion performances, short films, corporate videos, television programmes, television commercials, documentaries and live concerts. Lawrence was given the honour to have a special collaboration with the renowned Bhaskar’s Arts Academy during their major theatre production “CHAKRA”, featuring a captivating fusion of Indian dance, ballet, live Indian orchestra and sand art. The performance was graced by the presence of former president Mr. S.R Nathan and the tickets sold out completely; receiving standing ovation from the audience. Under National Arts Council’s request and support, “CHAKRA” was restaged once again at the Toa Payoh Amphitheatre with Lawrence being part of the National Arts Council’s “Arts for All” programme. Lawrence’s collaboration journey with Bhaskar’s Arts Academy also includes “Nalanda” a multi-disciplinary theatre production at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and “Ramayana” during the Diwali Festival of Lights Performance in Wellington, New Zealand. Lawrence captivated the audience once again with veteran storyteller Kamini Ramachandran and live fusion musicians (keyboardist Serene, bansuri flutist Ragha and table player Kumaran) during two sold out performances of “Forest Fables” – a multi-disciplinary English theatre production presented by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. Under the invitation from Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Lawrence performed his very own live concerts with the amazing “Tze N Looking Glass Orchestra” with talented string ensemble from ACS Independent during “Celebrate December 2013”. The performance was extremely well-received with full house for all three shows. Amidst his sand art journey, Lawrence and his sand art has received numerous article features and write-ups on Straits Times, Lian He Zao Bao, Business Times, AsiaOne.com, 8 Days Magazine and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery’s “Awaken Magazine”. Lawrence and his sand art were also featured extensively on Singapore’s television programmes. He was featured as a guest artist on Mediacorp Okto channel’s “Art Bites” and “Arts.Music.Performances”; in which he performed his original sand art with DJ Shawn Fluctuate. Subsequently, Lawrence’s sand art also caught the attention of Mediacorp’s “Artless Travelled Season 2” – an award winning international documentary about the lesser seen art forms of Asia, with Lawrence and his performances being featured on the show as one of Singapore’s unique art forms. Other television involvements of Lawrence includes the Starhub E-City’s television commercials as well as Mediacorp Channel 5 and Suria Channel’s “Remembering SARS” - a telemovie that featured Lawrence’s sand art portraying the stories of Singapore’s battle against SARS. With great privilege, Lawrence’s original sand animation tribute film to Singapore was featured on Vasantham Central’s Tamil News, Channel NewsAsia’s official Facebook page, as well as Channel NewsAsia’s “Singapore @ 6” and “Singapore Tonight”. On top of that, Lawrence was also invited to be the guest artist on Channel NewsAsia’s “AM Live!” and “Artyfacts”. He is also honored to be invited to perform on Mediacorp Suria Channel’s “Fiesta Muzik” – a prestigious live telecast music concert featuring popular artists from Singapore and Indonesia. Mr Aubeck Kam, Singapore's Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and Dr Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, Indonesia's Secretary-General of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, attended “Fiesta Muzik” as the Guests-of-Honour. “Fiesta Muzik” was broadcasted as a live telecast on Singapore and Indonesia’s TV channels with Lawrence’s performance receiving excellent responses.
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