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Published on 26 May 2017

VIEWING PLEASURE ‘All the Essentially Essential’ by Tan Wee Lit (above) and Baet Yeok Kuan’s ‘24 Hours in Singapore’ are trail highlights. Credit: City Developments Limited

Explore Singapore’s public art in a new light with these thematic walking trails.

BY MELANIE LEE

The Public Art Trust (PAT) is a National Arts Council (NAC) initiative that commissions new public art to bring art closer to Singaporeans. As part of its mission to promote appreciation of the visual arts, the PAT has come up with three thematic public-art walking trails that will take one through the Civic District, Central Business District and Telok Ayer. Embark on a route and discover eye-catching sculptures, installations and contemporary artworks created by Singaporean artists to reflect our culture and enliven urban spaces.

Sense Surround by Anthony Poon. Credit: National Arts Council

ART IN THE CIVIC DISTRICT: THE MUST-SEE PUBLIC ART DOWNTOWN (60 min) 

This is the official walking tour of the PAT’s Civic District Public Art Trail. Here, you’ll get to take in some of the city’s finest public art from the past to the present. It also includes specially commissioned work from 2015 in celebration of SG50, such as Baet Yeok Kuan’s stainless steel interactive audio sculpture installation ‘24 Hours in Singapore’ dotting the front lawn of the Asian Civilisations Museum.

24 Hours in Singapore. Credit: National Arts Council Singapore

FORM, SHAPE, COLOUR & LINE: ABSTRACTION IN PUBLIC ART (60 min) 

While abstract art may seem a little hard to decipher, this trail will show how it can evoke emotions and spark the imagination. There’s a wide range of abstract art sculptures in Singapore by local and foreign artists, but in all these works, there’s a common thread in the desire to use form, shape, colour and line to express concepts and emotions about the community and the environment. This tour starts off at St Regis Hotel where Anthony Poon’s vibrant red installation sculpture ‘Sense Surround’ stands.

 MADE IN SINGAPORE: PUBLIC ART BY LOCAL ARTISTS (90 min) 

Our local public artworks tell the story of Singapore’s history, aspirations and developments as a nation. Employing a variety of styles and mediums, this trail highlights works by established sculptors as well as emerging young artists. The works of pioneer artists such as Aw Tee Hong and Lim Leong Seng are predominantly in bronze, while some of the later works take on a whimsical, light-hearted stance, such as Tan Wee Lit’s ‘All the Essentially Essential’, positioned outside Raffles Place MRT station.

Guided tours for these walking trails will be conducted every last Sunday of the month from June 2017 to March 2018 — keep updated through the PAT Facebook page www.facebook.com/publicarttrustsg for registration details. You can also browse the database of public art in Singapore on www.publicarttrust.sg.

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