ArtworksFLORA & FAUNA III (2008)Carambola

Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Carambola
CARAMBOLA
2008
Oil on Chicken Eggshell, Clockwork and Star Fruit Tree Trunk
180cm x 50cm x 70cm

Chang Yoong Chia & Teoh Ming Wah
Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Carambola
Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Carambola

Star Fruit (Averrhoa Carambola)

The origin of the star fruit tree is unknown, but probably native to Malaysia, Indonesia and Southern China. The star fruit has never been located in the wild. It was domesticated throughout India and southeast Asia in prehistoric times. A small and slow-growing tree to 20-30ft, the star fruit is best adapted in the warm tropics. When cut, slices of the fruit have a star shape, and often adorn salads and other dishes.



Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Carambola

Carambola

Thirty three years ago, my flight attendant aunt came to my parents bearing a gift from the skies. It was a star fruit from the aeroplane?s flight menu. My parents loved it so much they planted its seed on garden of their newly bought house. Two months later, I was born. I spent many years climbing its branches and eating its fruits until it was cut down a few months ago.