Métro Mural Inspirations (1) Big, Bold, Beautiful
Welcome to a new week on Daily Dose of Art!
Riding the train is part of our daily routine here in Singapore. It’s cheaper and greener and also an opportunity to experience wonderful art. Many of Singapore’s train stations feature unique works of art created by local artists.
This week I present to you some of the best SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit) station murals alongside those in other cities in a special feature called “Métro Mural Inspirations”. Whether you are looking for inspiration for a project or simply enjoy large scale art, you are in for a treat.
The train systems around the world go by different names. In Paris and Montréal, they call it the “Métro”, In London – the Underground, In New York – the Subway, In Chicago the “L” (short for ‘elevated’), and so on and so forth.
Today, I bring you murals that are “Big, Bold, Beautiful”.
(Opera mask rendered like a speeding train)
Location: Outram Park MRT Station, Singapore
The mask is one of two-part creation called MEMORIES by artist Wang Lu Sheng at the station. It stretches 25m into the station interior, and is “an unusual and distinctive arrow” meant to lead commuters into the station.
The pageantry of Chinese opera and the symbols of law and medicine come together in this vibrant artwork that exults
Outram Park’s unique heritage. Bold, graphic and deliberately large, the works respond to the size and scale of the interchange station. Mounted on vitreous enamel panels, they serve as colourful visual signposts for the station’s different entrances.
“Swirls and Twirls” by Sol LeWitt
Location: Columbus Circle Subway Station, New York
Sol LeWitt’s whimsy brightens up the underground. A swirling kaleidoscope of 250 tiles greets riders at the Columbus Circle subway station near Time Warner Center as they descend the stairs to the A, C, B and D trains. It’s a bright moment in what for most riders is a routine commute. A part of the Arts for Transit program, the mural was unveiled in September 2009.
The minimalist, geometric creations of LeWitt (1928-2007) have been exhibited around the world and honored with retrospectives at MoMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney.
Check out other “Arts for Transit” in New York
Check out “The World’s 11 Coolest Train Stations”