The following art installation exhibited at National Gallery Singapore has intrigued me. So I decided to fathom what the artist is trying to show.
The volumes of The Book of Knowledge (a printed encyclopedia) surrounding the scholar signifies that knowledge is all around us. To gain knowledge, we have to take the time to sit down and learn from what others have already observed, researched, studied and written down.
The huge Monkey seated in front of the scholar would seem to represent a humongous distraction. But, the scholar is unfazed.
Moreover, the monkey with a golden crown is apparently extending a handshake even. It would seem to me then that we need to have the outsize curiosity of a monkey to gather knowledge.
And, if you put the knowledge to good use, you will reign as king or leader in your field of expertise.
"Knowledge is having the right answer. Intelligence is asking the right question." -- Anonymous
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect." -- Bruce Lee
"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. " -- Marilyn vos Savant