Singapore’s parks invaded by art installations to check out now through June 6

At left, ‘Every Seed Carries Within It The Dream & Blueprint of the Whole’ by Hunny and Lummy at Sengkang Riverside Park, and ‘Hello Stranger’ by Dawn Ng at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park, at right. Photos: NAC
At left, ‘Every Seed Carries Within It The Dream & Blueprint of the Whole’ by Hunny and Lummy at Sengkang Riverside Park, and ‘Hello Stranger’ by Dawn Ng at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park, at right. Photos: NAC

Take a walk on the wild side and find yourself some art now and for the next two months. 

Fourteen installations by local artists such as Sam Lo, Dawn Ng, and Robert Zhao are on display at eight nature parks across Singapore till June 6. They are part of a project called Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us, which was commissioned by the National Arts Council under its Public Art Trust to urge more support for local talent. 

“Rewritten represents the resilience of the arts community during COVID-19 pandemic, where artists are not only thinking out of the box to elevate or pivot their practice, but also committed to making art that is widely visible and freely accessible to all,” its announcement said. 

All of the parks are situated along the 36-kilometer trail connecting Singapore’s east in Punggol to the west in Jurong. The program also features works by emerging artists like Ang Song Nian and Hunny and Lummy.

‘[] with Dual Possibilities’ by Vertical Submarine at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Photo: NAC
‘[] with Dual Possibilities’ by Vertical Submarine at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Photo: NAC
The installations include wall murals, a giant neon cassette tape, and resting pods in the middle of a field. Visitors can find them at Jurong Lake Gardens, Ang Mo Kio Linear Park, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Luxus Hill and Lower Seletar Park, Sengkang Riverside Park, Punggol Waterway Park, and the Lorong Halus Bridge. 

Parts of the bridge have been dressed in yellow by lighting designers James Tan and Petrina Dawn Tan, drawing inspiration from Robert Yeo’s 2012 poem Those in Urban Yellow. 

Catch some kip in resting pods created by artist duo Hunny and Lummy using rattan are on display at the Sengkang Riverside Park. Titled Every Seed Carries Within It The Dream & Blueprint of the Whole, the installation is inspired by homegrown author Alvin Pang’s 2011 novel What Gives Us Our Name.

Visual artist Robert Zhao presents 11 light boxes as part of It Takes Time to showcase the different stages of growth in the next 11 months of a young tree at the Jurong Lake Gardens.

Street artist Sam Lo has contributed nearly a dozen works, including signs and a mural on a wall at the Punggol Waterway Park. Temporary Escapism attempts to add humor while encouraging those struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep going.

All installations can be accessed by the public for free.

The mural under ‘Temporary Escapism’ by visual artist Sam Lo. Photo: National Arts Council 
The mural under ‘Temporary Escapism’ by visual artist Sam Lo. Photo: National Arts Council
‘Yellow’ by lighting designers James Tan and Petrina Dawn Tan at Lorong Halus Bridge. Photo: National Arts Council
‘Yellow’ by lighting designers James Tan and Petrina Dawn Tan at Lorong Halus Bridge. Photo: National Arts Council

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