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$10,000 needed to move artwork

This is for transport to get the 40m-tall National Theatre @ 50 installation to its new home at Fort Canning Park

Published on Apr 8, 2014 1:24 PM
Architectural historian Lai Chee Kien with the steel structure, which depicts the facade of the iconic former National Theatre. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

An art installation that depicts the iconic facade of the National Theatre, which was demolished in 1986, is fighting to avoid a repeat of history.

National Theatre @ 50, the artwork by architectural historian Lai Chee Kien, made its debut last October in Tank Road, opposite Fort Canning Park, the site of the original theatre, as part of the Singapore Biennale.

The open-air theatre was built in 1963 and was one of the first major fund-raising projects of self- governing Singapore.

When the Biennale, a major showcase of mostly South-east Asian contemporary art, ended its run in February, the artist-owned installation had to be relocated to a long-term home.

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