Artists make a pitch for flea market

Inspired by the rich heritage of the Sungei Road flea market, two artists showcased their works there yesterday. The artworks by Mr Ben Puah, 40, and Mr Teo Eng Seng, 78, are part of their Karung Guni Uncles project, which they have been working on s
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Inspired by the rich heritage of the Sungei Road flea market, two artists showcased their works there yesterday. The artworks by Mr Ben Puah, 40, and Mr Teo Eng Seng, 78, are part of their Karung Guni Uncles project, which they have been working on since early last year. Mr Puah hopes to raise awareness of the site's rich heritage with his work, which consists of small sculptures placed on a ground sheet representing the flea market. The sculptures are mostly painted in vivid colours to show the vibrancy of the vendors and the variety of knick-knacks that they peddle. Meanwhile, Mr Teo, a Cultural Medallion recipient, did a performance art piece to highlight the history of the market, which has been around for about 80 years. He hopes future generations "will not forget this important part of Singapore's history". The market's last day of operations will be on July 10.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2017, with the headline 'Artists make a pitch for flea market'. Print Edition | Subscribe