Playing With & For The Community
Over the weekend of 13 & 14 June and 21 & 22 June 2015, the community of Kampong Chai Chee came together to paint images depicting the vegetables farms and farmer lifestyles during the early kampong days of Singapore on a 3m by 5m long canvas. Two huge mass painting workshops.
Kampong Chai Chee is well known for being a farmland of vegetables on top a series of rolling hills. It began its humble beginnings as a village of attap huts set with coconut and banana trees as well as a huge rubber plantation exclusively self-contained within the Malay Kampong. Many residents living in the area recalled the memories of sweet fruits and sweet potatoes grown, plucked and harvested in the nearby farmlands of the past.
For this project, SCYA decided to focus on the stories generated by the residences of these farmlands, scuh as growing fruits and vegetables like banana, coconut, rubber, sweet potatoes, tapioca, pineapple, chye sim, kai lan, kangkong.
In line with this year’s SG50 theme, we decided to recreate images of the well-known “Chai Chee Vegetable Farm” into a modern, whimsical look of an old vintage feature of Singapore. The aim was to focus on recalling memories of Kampong Chai Chee as the farmland and vegetable farms that used to grace the rolling hills of the kampong.
During the Community Mass Painting, a large canvas piece with a series of drawings and designs was painted by the residences of Kampong Chai Chee. These images were created by our artists, depicting local food items such as banana, coconut, rubber, sweet potatoes, tapioca, pineapple, chye sim, kai lan and kangkong. Our artists were on hand to teach various painting techniques to the residences as well as give advice when needed.
After the canvas dried, our artists came in to touch up the paintings and to do the finishing touches.
The canvas is to be hung up 204 Bedok North Street 1 on 25 July 2015