The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) System is one of the most modern and efficient mass transit faciities in the world. It is also the most visible and intensely used public infrastructure in the nation.
Art has been incorporated in the Singapore MRT since the first phases of the MRT. Stations such as City Hall and Raffles Place have artworks integrated with the station finishes. Building upon this legacy, the Land Transport Authority established the integrated Art in Transit Programme on the North East Line in 1997. The North East Line Art in Transit programme brings the works of some of Singapore’s top artists into the MRT stations and the lives of all who use them.
Building upon the success of the North East Line Art in Transit programme, LTA commissioned a younger generation of a younger generation of artists for the Circle Line.
More recently, LTA launched the Downtown Line Art in Transit programme. which will feature artworks by both commissioned artists and those selected through competition in all thirty-four stations when completed.