SINGAPORE — The artworks of six Singaporean artists will be on display at six upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2 (TEL2) MRT stations.
Members of the media were given a preview tour of the stations – Springleaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson and Caldecott – on Tuesday (17 August).
Spanning 13km, the TEL2 stations will begin passenger operations on 28 August. There are currently three TEL1 stations, Woodlands North, Woodlands and Woodlands South, which opened in January 2020.
Here's a sneak preview of the artworks that commuters can expect to see:
1. Springleaf station
Located along Upper Thomson Road, Springleaf station plays host to the "Tree Of Memories" by comic artist Koh Hong Teng, a whimsical composition that draws inspiration from the lush greenery of the surrounding neighbourhood.
2. Lentor station
With its proximity to Teachers' Estate – where the streets are named after literary figures – Tan Guo-Liang's work "Interlude For Lentor" at Lentor station is a "visual poem" comprising a sequence of shapes, some of which resemble musical notation and calligraphic scripts.
3. Mayflower station
Paying tribute to the neighbourhood's songbird-watching culture, Song-Ming Ang has placed 22 sculptures of songbirds throughout Mayflower station. Waiting to be discovered are representations of seven species that are commonly kept as pets in Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia, including the oriental white-eye (Mata Puteh) and zebra dove (Merbok).
4. Brighthill station
Having grown up in the area, anGie Seah's drew on her childhood memories to create "A Kaleidoscopic Nature", which stands tall at the commuter platform of Brighthill station.
5. Upper Thomson station
Fans of treasure hunts will have a field day at Upper Thomson station, where Troy Chin has hidden 88 animal drawings around the station. In creating the work, titled "Lost In Our (Concrete) Jungle", he drew inspiration from the long-tailed macaques, which can often be found in the area.
6. Caldecott station
Claire Lim's work, called ":)(:", at Caldecott station makes use of the concept of Braille and is inspired by the nearby Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped. Using dots perforated onto the station's walls, she joined hundreds of smiley faces that offers a cheery greeting to commuters.
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