1. The Land Transport Authority (LTA), SMRT and Art Outreach are pleased to announce the launch of the Circle Line (CCL) Art in Transit (AIT) Walking Tours programme.
2. The Art in Transit Programme brings the work of top Singaporean artists into MRT stations and the lives of all who use them. The artworks that grace the stations and link-ways embrace the best values of public artworks - they are accessible, engaging and they speak to the common man. Most of the artworks are site-specific and represent a journey in time as well as an effort to curate the culture and history of the neighbourhoods around each station.
3. This is the second time LTA and Art Outreach are organising the walking tours, after the highly successful North East Line (NEL) Walking Tours. First started in Dec 2008, the NEL walking tours have seen over 1,300 participants. The two-hour guided tour covers four out of 19 stations from Dhoby Ghuat to Outram.
4. Mr Andrew Mead, Senior Design Manager (Architecture) at LTA said: "LTA first introduced the Art in Transit programme in NEL to bring public art into the everyday lives of commuters. The stations of our rail network are an ideal palette to bring together the works of some of Singapore's best artists. The Circle Line's art, like NEL's brings to life the culture of the neighbourhood. The public has come to embrace Art in Transit as an integral part in all our new stations."
5. Mrs Mae Anderson, Chairman, Art Outreach Singapore said: "There are abundant measures of Singapore's progress and success, but it is true our art that we tell people who we are. The Art in Transit Tours present an eloquent and unique showcase of Singaporean identity and culture."
6. Mr Goh Chee Kong, SMRT senior vice-president for communications and services, said: "SMRT is a strong supporter of the arts, and we are excited to bring the Art in Transit Tour into our CCL stations. With this tour, we hope commuters can come to appreciate our stations as part of their travel experiences, and learn more about the community and history of Singapore."
Circle Line Art in Transit
7. The CCL is an orbital line that will link all the existing Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines. With six interchange stations, the CCL will enhance connectivity and provide essential connection to the city. It will also allow MRT passengers going to other parts of Singapore to cut down on travelling time by bypassing the city centre.
8. The two-hour long tour on the CCL covers seven stations - Paya Lebar, Dakota, Mountbatten, Stadium, Nicoll Highway, Promenade and Esplanade. Most of the artwork have been incorporated into the stations' interiors, and reflect the rich history and culture of the stations' surroundings. Through the tour, visitors get an in-depth understanding of the artpieces, the history of the neighbourhood and their inhabitants, plus stories of how various considerations influenced the design of the station.
9. For those interested in learning more about the CCL Walking Tours, please contact Arts Outreach at 6873 9505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details are also available on http://www.artoutreachsingapore.org.