Joyous start to PAssionArts Festival 2016

Entitled Joyous Faces, the art installation is about 200m tall and 90m wide. Nearly 1,000 residents from Geylang Bahru contributed to the project, which is part of this year's National Day celebrations.
Entitled Joyous Faces, the art installation is about 200m tall and 90m wide. Nearly 1,000 residents from Geylang Bahru contributed to the project, which is part of this year's National Day celebrations.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Nearly 1,000 residents from Kolam Ayer, also known as Geylang Bahru, collaborated on a massive art installation now adorning the facade of Block 11, Upper Boon Keng Road.

The facade art, titled Joyous Faces, features the smiling faces of Kolam Ayer residents against a multicoloured background. It is about 200m tall and 90m wide and consists of 42 canvas print panels.

"I am pleased that old and young residents, locals and new citizens can celebrate racial harmony and kampung spirit through the co-creation of this facade art," said Mr Kwa Soon Yau, chairman of the Geylang West Community Club Management Committee. He was speaking at a media conference for PAssionArts Festival 2016 yesterday, organised by the People's Association. The festival's official launch is on June 18.

Joyous Faces was the result of efforts by 120 professional artists and 50 students from Bendemeer Secondary School and James Cook University. It is the first of 160 planned facade art projects to spring up at Housing Board blocks around the island in celebration of National Day.

This year's PAssionArts theme, Towards A Brighter Singapore, aims to bring people of different backgrounds together through co-creation of art.

Rei Kurohi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2016, with the headline 'Joyous start to PAssionArts Festival 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe