Playing With & For The Community
This week we starte our Facade Art Project at Toa Payoh, aptly named Toa Payoh Facade Art.
What was so special with this Art Project was that we involved the community at Toa Payoh, young, old, middle. Everyone came down to join in and get involved in making Toa Payoh more colourful with facade art.
Toa Payoh hailed as the center of many of Singapore’s firsts. It was where ground-up effort Residents’ Association pioneered, where the neighbourhood police system was first employed, where the first cooperative supermarket in Singapore, NTUC Welcome, laid its groundwork, where the first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station was built, where places of worship were first erected, amongst others.
The town represented the foundations of what Singapore has developed itself to become what she is today, hence we decided to theme this project, “Toa Payoh’s Firsts”.
This project focused on recalling memories when Toa Payoh was rising as one of the pioneer satellite towns.
The town was developed based on ‘The Neighbourhood Principle’, which groups several neighbourhoods around a Town Centre. We aim to engage the community to remember through the drawing and painting of the diverse people that first populated Toa Payoh.
Places of worship were also needed to meet their respective religious needs, and industrial estates and factories were required to provide for more employment opportunities. These needs gave a purpose for the government to develop many of Singapore’s firsts in Toa Payoh. This should spur a sense of pride in the community and we aim to help them recognize these efforts through the drawings and paintings of these buildings.
Our drawings of pioneers include Samsui Women, Kampung Neighbours, Farmers, Gambier Plantation workers. We will set them amongst the backdrop of the drawings of pioneer buildings such as the HDB housing estate, places of worship, factories, and the stadium, among others.
We have a total of three sessions with Toa Payoh to create Facade Art. About 50 people turned ip to colour and draw these templates which Biddy Low & Jacquelyn Soo provided as community drawing for a large facade art installation to be placed at Toa Payoh Library.