Special "benches" as tribute to former National Stadium

Five winners were honoured on Thursday in a design contest to remember the former National Stadium.

The competition "bench" invited members of the public to submit designs for benches using seating planks from the former National Stadium.

The winners, selected from a pool of 130 entries, are: Mr Raymond Hon Sui Ming, 25; Mr Rico Firmansyah, 25; Ms Sapp Cheng Si Hui, 24; Mr Donovan Soon Chong Siong, 36; and Mr Terence Tang Wei Ming, 24.

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong, presented the winners with a $2,000 cash prize at a ceremony and launch of the bench exhibition today.

In a speech, Mr Wong said the bench designs highlight the legacy of the National Stadium in bringing "our people and nation closer together". "They remind us that we must carry on this legacy in the new Stadium for present and future generations of Singaporeans."

In addition to the five winners, another 25 well-known designers were invited to create unique bench designs.

The 30 final bench designs will be on display at Dhoby Ghaut Green, *Scape, Park Mall, Handy Road Open Space, and the URA Centre, as part of the SingaPlural design festival from March 8 to 15.