HDB estates and condos get arty

HDB estates and condos get arty
This metal sculpture of two figures locked in an embrace is at Punggol Breeze, an HDB estate.

SINGAPORE - Art is no longer the domain of museums and mansions - some Housing Board estates and private condominiums are getting their own masterpieces to show off.

Punggol Breeze, for instance, is one of several public-housing developments housing works of art. A metal sculpture of two figures locked in an embrace can be found in an open area near Block 618A.

Over at Compassvale Link, there is a sculpture of flying fish, located in front of the lifts at Block 268B.

The HDB told My Paper that sculptures have been introduced in housing precincts - both new and old - to "add vibrancy, create a stronger identity and promote art in the heartland".

It did not say how many estates feature such works of art, but a spokesman said that some of them were created by architects as part of a precinct's overall design.

The sculptures at Punggol Breeze and Compassvale Link were implemented by Surbana International Consultants.

The spokesman added: "These sculptures also create visual interest and serve as focal points within housing precincts.

"Located usually in community spaces, we hope that they will also bring people together, thereby promoting social interaction and fostering community ties."

Managerial assistant Fidah Rashid, 30, who lives in Block 618C at Punggol Breeze, said the metal sculpture is a "convenient marker" when giving guests directions to her house.

"Besides children playing around the sculpture, I've also seen people taking pictures with it," she said.

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