Our Chinese name (思想中国)
ThinkChina’s Chinese logo is a traditional seal carving with a modern twist. While most seals are carved on stones, our logo is carved on a ceramic sculpture created by Singaporean artist Oh Chai Hoo.
The carved logo is a fusion of three different scripts: Han dynasty brick engraving (砖文), Song typeface (宋体), and simplified Chinese characters.
Chai Hoo gave much thought to the design. “思想” (think) has its Chinese character “思” slightly tilted, cleverly mimicking a person’s tilted head while thinking. “想” is made up of three parts, the part “目” (eye) is carved horizontally to resemble an eye; the idea is for one to stand beside a tree (木), to see with our eyes (目) and to ponder with our heart (心). A more structured look is adopted for “中国” (China). The word “中” (middle) has retained this balanced form for more than 3500 years, while “国” (country) rendered in simplified Chinese character, gives a stable and firm base to the design.
There is a “pixelated” border framing the words “思想中国” (ThinkChina), but “思想” (think) ventures beyond the borders, encouraging us to think outside the box. Lastly, the ceramic sculpture mimics a contemporary building, strongly rooted while looking forward and upward, an embodiment of the artist’s hopes for ThinkChina.
About the artist
Mr Oh Chai Hoo graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a specialisation in Western painting. When he was in Secondary One, his art teacher encouraged him to take up art classes at a community club. At 14, he started painting by the Singapore River, where experienced artists would look over his shoulder at his paintings and give him impromptu masterclasses. He believes that everyone is born with a mission, and his is to be an artist. His art philosophy is to discover emotions and memories (even painful ones), and to translate these into his creations. He has never forgotten why he got started on art, and will continue to keep at it.