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Put your artistic mark on MRT station

Public invited to paint mural for Holland V station in bonding project.
The Straits Times - August 30, 2012
By: Janice Tai
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Put your artistic mark on MRT station People walking past reinterpretations – with a Singaporean twist – of famous murals and artworks by pop art painter Roy Lichtenstein at the void deck of Block 8, Holland Avenue. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

FOR the first time, an MRT station will sport an artwork conceived, created and installed by the public.

The authorities are inviting people to submit proposals for a painted mural that will embellish a ventilation shaft of the Holland Village station for a year.

The winning artist will be able to rope in others to help create and install the mural.

Announcing the project yesterday, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing said such collaborative efforts give people a collective sense of ownership of their living spaces.

Most of the artworks at MRT stations are by established artists.

Members of the public, artists and non-artists alike, have until Nov 1 to submit their ideas to the Buona Vista Community Club. The winner of the competition, which is being helmed by the Land Transport Authority, National Arts Council and Buona Vista grassroots organisations, will also receive $5,000.

Mr Chan was speaking at the launch of another community art project, a gallery of murals at the void deck of Block 8, Holland Avenue. This is an old block of three- and four-room flats.

"The purpose of this project is to use art to bring the community together, some of whom may not have met or spoken to one another before," he said.

Some 750 youths, residents and corporate sponsors worked together in the last 11/2 months to paint pop art-themed murals for the void deck.

Mr Chan said such projects could help draw residents out to interact with one another and promote mutual understanding.

The shaft, at the corner of Holland Road and Holland Avenue, emerges at ground level and is not visible underground. The date of installation and the budget for it are still being worked out.

Buona Vista resident Bala Nirmala Devi feels that having residents' own stamp on a public facility gives them a sense of pride.

"I feel different about my void deck now. I am proud that our efforts have brightened up the place for the kids and residents," said the 72-year-old, who helped paint the Block 8 murals.

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