There are plenty of places in our living environment where colour and stories can inspire us to create art. Even though Singapore is a small city, its neighbourhoods are full of character, each with a unique identity created by residents, architecture and geography.
THE REAL ESTATES is a participatory art project under the National Arts Council’s Arts in Your Neighbourhood programme that playfully combines photography and design to create a series of topographic art maps, drawing on the quirks and patterns unique to a neighborhood.
Kicking off the series in Toa Payoh, Singapore’s second oldest satellite town and the birthplace of modern public housing, more than 40 photography enthusiasts joined in a big walk exploring the various lorongs of Toa Payoh in Feb 2016. With the guidance of three long-time residents, we came up with interesting visual impressions and vignettes of life, which were then playfully stitched together to form the art map here.
In the search for the essence of a place, we choose to pay homage to the little things. From landmarks such as the dragon playground and the octagonal lookout tower at the town park to the unmistakable yellow hue of the MRT station, we have discovered new sides to this old neighbourhood.
The Real Estates - Toa Payoh photo installation is on show at Toa Payoh HDB Hub from 10 - 25 March! Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on weekends from 10am - 7pm. Next up, we’ll be exploring a new neighbourhood in Nov 2016! See you soon!