BY JOEL TAN
Published on 9 December 2014
Eurasian Heritage Centre
The Eurasian community is one of the oldest ethnic and cultural groups in Singapore. The Eurasian Heritage Centre, located within the Eurasian Community House at Ceylon Road, is a living gallery that tells the story of the Eurasians in Singapore.
It sheds light on prominent Eurasian community leaders and historical figures, and also traces the story of migration and interracial marriages that gave rise to this distinctive race known for their mixed Asian and European ancestry.
The Eurasian Heritage Centre is maintained by the Eurasian Association of Singapore, which dates back to the early 1920s.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
The Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay is one of Singapore’s premier performing arts centres. The idea for the Esplanade preceded its construction by about 20 years. It began as part of a historic 1989 report by the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts, chaired by then-Deputy Prime Minister, Ong Teng Cheong, which raised the need to develop major infrastructure for the arts.
Construction on the waterfront zone began in 1996, and the future site was named the Esplanade because of its location in historic Esplanade Park. Construction was completed in 2002.
The characteristically ‘durian-shaped’ domes shelter the Esplanade’s two main houses: the majestic 1,600-seater Concert Hall and the 2,000-seater theatre. Both venues routinely house travelling international acts and have hosted such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Ballet.
Smaller venues within the Esplanade include the intimate Theatre Studio and Recital Studio. Run by The Esplanade Co. Ltd, almost every space — from indoor concourse to small open-air outdoor theatre — is harnessed to provide opportunities for the entire spectrum of Singapore’s performing artists.
Eng Siak Loy
A recipient of the President Design Award (2007), Eng Siak Loy is the man behind the designs for Singapore stamps and currency. The tiny but lush designs on stamps, often featuring local flora and fauna or sites of interest, are all hand-drawn and painted by Eng, who has worked on designs for 56 sets of stamps to date.
Eng also works on larger, more traditional canvases. He trained in the visual arts at the Singapore Academy of Art in the 1960s, and has exhibited his work internationally.
The artist is known for casting a creative eye on nature, a sensibility he adopts on some of his most memorable public works. His designs for the 2002 HSBC Care-for-Nature Heritage Trees stamp series were named ‘Asia’s Most Beautiful Stamps’. In addition, his love of trees is most recognised on Singapore’s $5 currency notes — he painted the entire Portrait Series.
A true public artist, Eng’s work also appears on signs, murals and decorations in Singapore’s public parks and gardens.