“Reborn” installation is meant to generate a new perspective to Kuching tribal tattoos in which the tattoo actually does not represent something negative, it can be viewed as an art and assemble the beauty of arts and craft in Kuching. This concept symbolize the transformation of Kuching as a city of peace and strong unity exist among different races in Kuching. When people walk around the art installation, the shadow of the tattoos are projected all around the surface of their body, different patterns of the tattoos which linked together and form an impressive art piece is similar to the situation in which different races in Kuching that lived peacefully together as one.
The idea of this art installation is inspired by the tribal tattoo that was once very famous in the early period of Kuching. The tribal tattoo or named as “Vienna” by the local people in Kuching, was meant to protect the wearer from being hurt by their enemies during the fight and to symbolise the accomplishment that one has achieved in weaving or headhunting activities in the early stage of Kuching. The design of these tattoos are very unique and are made by the tribes that lived in Kuching such as the Iban and Bidayuh.
This art installation is design as a tattoo showcase which involves the use of light and shadow to demonstrate the tribal tattoo that was found in Kuching. Thus, it enables the people to experience the tribal tattoos which has been gradually forgotten by the generation nowadays. Through the experience, people can gain their understanding about the tattoos in Kuching easily and remember it as a significant art design in Kuching. It is hoped that the beauty of arts and craft especially the tattoo in Kuching can be well-known by others.