The green green grass of their home in Radin Mas

An evocative painting of a vegetable farm in the old Redhill area is one of 50 artworks featured in a just-launched book tracing the history of Radin Mas.
An evocative painting of a vegetable farm in the old Redhill area is one of 50 artworks featured in a just-launched book tracing the history of Radin Mas.PHOTO: RADIN MAS CITIZENS' CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

It is now a tranquil green space for many residents in Bukit Merah and Lower Delta Road, but Tiong Bahru Park was once the site of a night- soil processing centre.

The centre is featured among the 50 paintings in a heritage book that traces the history of Radin Mas.

Titled Traces Of Time - Remembering 50 Lost Icons Of Radin Mas, the book was launched on Sunday by Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth and for Trade and Industry Sim Ann.

She was joined by MP for Radin Mas Sam Tan in the unveiling of the book at Bukit Merah Community Centre.

According to the book, the centre was where vegetable farms once stood before the 1970s. The painting depicts a lone farmer working in the sprawling fields.

TICKET TO THE PAST

One of my favourite memories is the Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal, where I used to take the bus to meet my friends. The painting of it reminds me of the good old times.

MS ALICE TANG, a housewife in her 50s.

All of the artworks are described from memory by senior residents, researched by students and painted by new citizens.

"One of my favourite memories is the Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal, where I used to take the bus to meet my friends," said Ms Alice Tang, a housewife in her 50s who has lived in Radin Mas since the 1980s. "The painting of it reminds me of the good old times."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2016, with the headline 'The green green grass of their home in Radin Mas'. Print Edition | Subscribe