Pop-up play area opens at Queen Street to mark wider pavements

Nur Syuhada, 17, a student from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts putting her touches on public benches along Queen Street. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Nur Syuhada, 17, a student from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts putting her touches on public benches along Queen Street. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
A pop-up play space at Waterloo Centre featuring 3-D jigsaw puzzles modelled after old-school playgrounds in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
A pop-up play space at Waterloo Centre featuring 3-D jigsaw puzzles modelled after old-school playgrounds in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
A pop-up play space at Waterloo Centre featuring 3-D jigsaw puzzles modelled after old-school playgrounds in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
A pop-up play space at Waterloo Centre featuring 3-D jigsaw puzzles modelled after old-school playgrounds in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

SINGAPORE - Pedestrians on Queen Street at Bras Basah can now enjoy an interactive 3-D 'jigsaw puzzle' outside the Waterloo Centre.

The public can assemble three sets of large foam structures designed to look like old playgrounds from Singapore's past - the dragon at Toa Payoh, the watermelon at Tampines and the elephant playground at Pasir Ris.

This pop-up play space will be open this Friday at the new Waterloo Centre plaza - named Artsplace - until the end of the month.

It marks the end of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's street enhancement works along Queen Street, which were aimed at creating wider sidewalks and more public spaces for events.

The works were carried out over a 650m stretch, resulting in pavements that have been widened by up to 5m. Kerbside parking lots within the stretch of Queen Street between Bras Basah Road and Middle Road were removed to make room for wider sidewalks and safer road crossings for pedestrians.

Ten benches outside the Singapore Art Museum will also be painted with 'bench art' by students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts to integrate art into a public space.

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