Going big on Nee Soon's past

The giant pineapple sculpture that Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah (in red and black) is looking at is part of a new art trail in Yishun which was launched yesterday. To her right is Nee Soon South Citizens Consultative Committee chairman Alex Lee. The 1
The giant pineapple sculpture that Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah (in red and black) is looking at is part of a new art trail in Yishun which was launched yesterday. To her right is Nee Soon South Citizens Consultative Committee chairman Alex Lee. The 1.8m-high work of art highlights how most of Nee Soon was once covered with rubber and pineapple plantations.PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES

No, it's not for eating.

The giant pineapple sculpture that Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah (in red and black) is looking at is part of a new art trail in Yishun which was launched yesterday. To her right is Nee Soon South Citizens Consultative Committee chairman Alex Lee. The 1.8m-high work of art highlights how most of Nee Soon was once covered with rubber and pineapple plantations.

Nee Soon was also named after merchant Lim Nee Soon, who owned most of these plantations. He was nicknamed the Pineapple King.

The art trail, which starts at Block 850 Yishun Street 81, also features murals which show what Nee Soon looked like in the 1950s and 1960s.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 31, 2016, with the headline 'Going big on Nee Soon's past'. Print Edition | Subscribe