New art installations; free walking tours with artists

SINGAPORE - The National Arts Council's Public Art Trust (PAT) unveiled three art installations on Monday (Nov 30), as part of the Jubilee Walk to commemorate Singapore's golden jubilee year of independence.

Located in the civic district, close to Singapore's iconic landmarks including National Gallery Singapore and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, the works, which were created by Singaporean artists, are the first to be commissioned by the trust.

The artists will also be conducting free walking tours for members of the public over the next three Saturdays - December 5, 12 and 19, at 5pm and 6pm each day.

They will talk about their inspiration behind their pieces, as well as introduce both old and new art pieces along the Jubilee Walk. The tours start at Cavenagh Bridge (near The Fullerton Hotel) and end at the Esplanade.

  • PUBLIC ART WALKING TOURS

  • Where: Cavenagh Bridge, near The Fullerton Hotel

    When: Dec 5, 12 and 19

    Time: 5pm and 6pm. Each tour lasts 30 minutes

    Admission: Free

    Info: Registration is necessary. Go to www.publicarttrust.sg for more information.

The installations are: 24 Hours in Singapore, by Baet Yeok Kuan; Cloud Nine: Raining, by Tan Wee Lit; and The Rising Moon, a collaboration between Cultural Medallion recipient Han Sai Por and artist-architect Kum Chee Kiong.

The arts council's chief executive, Kathy Lai, said: "The Council is continually looking to introduce art in spaces where we live, work and play, and to further make art an intrinsic part of Singapore's urban fabric."

Baet's installation of five large stainless-steel spheres near the Asian Civilisations Museum along the Singapore River, for example, is the country's first long-standing audio sculpture. Lean into listen to recordings that reflect daily life in the Singapore, including the sounds of traffic in the heartland, neighbourhood parks, wet markets, coffee shops and MRT trains.

Launched in 2014, the PAT is an initiative by the council to bring art closer to Singaporeans and international visitors all across Singapore. It was established with S$10million seed funding from the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.