URA Unveils Wall Murals At Bras Basah.Bugis
- Enlivening The Area With A Distinct Arts Identity
Designed by Georgiana Phua and Lin Bao Ling
The mural emotes an energetic rhythm
identical to the pace of the activities in Bras Basah.Bugis. As one of Singapore’s
most vibrant cultural areas - complementing a budding arts hub with thriving
religious traditions - this mural combines abstractions of the rich cultural
heritage, filled with colours inspired by the architecture in the area.
The Bras Basah.Bugis area is enlivened with a
visible and distinct arts identity, with the unveiling of three wall murals
along Waterloo Street. The murals were unveiled by Mr Loh Meng See, Member of
Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC and Advisor to Kampong Glam Grassroots
Community Art Project
The Urban Redevelopment
Authority (URA) has positioned the Bras Basah.Bugis district as an Arts,
Culture, Learning and Entertainment hub. To further enhance the arts identity
of the area, URA roped in two key stakeholders of the area, Nanyang Academy of
Fine Arts (NAFA) and LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts (LASALLE-SIA) to
participate in a wall mural project.
Two of the wall murals,
painted by URA and LASALLE-SIA, are located at the boundary wall of Stamford
Arts Centre. The third mural, painted by NAFA, is located at the boundary wall
of SCWO Centre (Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations). These murals have
further enhanced the character of Bras Basah.Bugis, making it a unique and
creative arts district.
Meng See, MP for Jalan Besar GRC and Advisor to Kampong Glam Grassroots
Organisations said ‘It is very encouraging to see staff of URA working
together with the students of NAFA and LaSalle in reaching out to the
community by painting these murals, on top of their curricular. They add
another dimension to the already vibrant community. We welcome the art
schools to this area.’
Mrs Cheong Koon Hean, Chief
Executive Officer of URA said, ‘Through the Community Art Project, we aim to
engage the art community at Bras Basah.Bugis by letting them have a say in
beautifying their built environment. In this way, we collectively involve the
community in realising the vision of Bras Basah.Bugis as an Arts, Culture,
Learning and Entertainment district.’
The mural created by URA
captures the distinctive blend of old and new buildings in Bras Basah.Bugis,
depicted as a rich collage of architectural details. The energetic rhythm and
the rich cultural heritage of Bras Basah.Bugis is reflected in the mural
created by LASALLE-SIA. The NAFA mural at the boundary wall of the SCWO
Centre, is an abstract manifestation of the life’s journey, representing the
challenges faced by women in society.
Please refer to Annex 1 for the
location map of the three murals and
Annex 2 for the visuals of the murals.
In addition to the
stakeholders in the area, the business community has also been engaged in the
Community Art Project. The success of the project is made possible by the
sponsorship from ICI-Dulux, who has kindly sponsored the plaques, paint and
brushes for the painting of the three murals.
Walking map of Bras Basah.Bugis launched
URA has produced a walking map
of Bras Basah.Bugis, to guide Singaporeans and tourists to the many
interesting highlights of the area. The map illustrates the facts, history and
buildings within the district, extending to Fort Canning Hill and Selegie.
Copies of the walking map are available at the URA Gallery at The URA Centre,
The Singapore Art Museum, The Asian Civilisation Museum, SCDF Heritage Gallery
at Central Fire Station, hotels in the Bras Basah.Bugis area (eg.
Intercontinental, Raffles, Carlton, Allson and Rendezvous Hotels) and Parco
Bugis Junction from 10 November 2004.
Bras Basah.Bugis - Arts, Culture, Learning and Entertainment Hub
Bras Basah.Bugis today is a
unique complementary blend of the new and the old, an area rich in
architectural and cultural heritage. The district heralds an exciting future
with new city campuses alongside existing arts housing. It is the focal point
for arts activities, as well as home to art colleges such as the NAFA and
LASALLE-SIA and city campuses such as the Singapore Management University.
With the opening of these institutions by 2006, there will be an influx of
about 16,000 artists and students, realising the envisioned future as
Singapore’s hub for arts, culture, learning and entertainment.
The Waterloo Street Arts Belt
Today, Waterloo Street is a
focal point for arts activities, with various arts groups located there.
Numerous arts groups including ACTION Theatre, the Chinese Calligraphy Society
of Singapore, Dance Ensemble Singapore, Young Musicians’ Society and Sculpture
Square are clustered along Waterloo Street.
Waterloo Street has been
developed as a vibrant arts belt through strategic planning and close
collaboration between the URA and the National Arts Council (NAC). URA, in
consultation with NAC, has identified suitable state-owned buildings to be
adapted for use as arts housing. This has provided the platform and
opportunity for the budding arts talents to test and showcase their works,
which is fundamental for the growth of a thriving arts scene in Singapore.