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The North East Line (purple) was the first MRT route that was adopted by the Singapore government to launch Art in Transit, the city-state’s largest public art programme to celebrate local artistic talent.
The second one was the Circle Line (yellow), and then there’s a new programme at Downtown Line (blue), although the programme along Downntown Line (DT) isn’t announced yet because the line itself will only fully complete in 2017. So far, SGD5.9 million has been spent.
Unlike the Art in Transit artworks along the Circle Line, these ones at the North East Line MRT Stations are more difficult to spot, particularly those at interchange stations.
They are also not so straightforward to find as some are split into numerous pieces, so you can imagine, they are all over the station.
Some stations have artworks outside the barriers, which means that you have to tap out, and that would incur a fare on your MRT ticket.
It was fun tracking down these artworks, and reading the meanings behind them. I had a day-long MRT ticket, so I didn’t mind tapping in and out of the barriers.
As with all art pieces commissioned for the Art in Transit programme, all are by Singaporean artists. Each one has a plaque by its side, stating the name of the piece, the name of the artist, as well as its definition.
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