New look for over 40 hawker centres

New look for over 40 hawker centres
306 students from 18 classes of Diploma Level 1 Foundation Certificate in Visual Arts of LASALLE College of the Arts painting wall murals at 3 hawker centres nearby the Campus

SINGAPORE - If you notice students painting on the walls of hawker centres, do not be alarmed - they are not acts of vandalism - but a heritage and cultural initiative by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and National Heritage Board (NHB).

Over 40 hawker centres around Singapore will feature murals and art installations created by 70 schools, organisations and artists, as part of 'Our Hawker Centres - A Heritage & Art Project', NEA and NHB said in a joint statement Saturday.

Together with the National Arts Council (NAC) and Nippon Paint Singapore, NEA and NHB want students participating in the initiative to think out of the box and understand the role of hawker centres as community spaces for Singaporeans.

Special SG50 paint cans featuring Singapore's modern metropolis landscape have been created by Nippon Paint to celebrate this occasion.

Speaking at the launch of the initiative at Mayflower Market and Food Centre today, Second Minister for the Environmental and Water Resources Ms Grace Fu said: "Our hawker centres are an essential social infrastructure - they provide a clean and hygienic environment for our hawkers to ply their trade and enable Singaporeans access to good food at affordable prices.

"Through art, we are able to celebrate our hawker centres and present our stories regardless what language one uses," she added.

"This allows us to reach out to people from different walks of life, bringing the community together to appreciate the shared heritage of our hawker centres, and to foster a sense of ownership by all."

Over 1,000 litres of paint in primary colours and painting tools by Nippon Paint will be provided to the students for this project, allowing them to test their creativity by producing different colours to bring their concepts to life.

Work on the murals and art installations commenced in Jan 15, and are expected to be completed by July 15, before National Day, NEA and NHB said.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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