As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Métro Mural Inspirations (3) – Curious Collaborations

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 Montreal, 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 “Curious Collaborations”.

In Singapore
“When The Ship Comes In”
Lee Wen
Photo Above: full view of multi-paneled mural
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Photo Below: Mural Detail
photo by P.Constancia

“When The Ship Comes In”
Lee Wen
The mural is composed of a collage of images of ships drawn by Singaporeans, ages 7 to 12 based on actual historical ship models as well as pure fantasy and imagination. Through these ships Lee Wen hopes that Singaporeans will not only recall their history but also project the children’s hopes for the future serving as a concrete archive of collective social memory.-An excerpt from Circle Line Art plaque (shown above)

Youth Olympic Mural
Location: Esplanade Station, Circle Line, Singapore

The Youth Olympic Mural  is a stunning visual legacy from the first-ever Youth Olympic Games (YOG) hosted by Singapore in 2010. The 13m by 2.5m Youth Olympic Mural that is made up of ceramic tiles created by the Young Olympians, members of the YOG workforce and the Whampoa Ceramic Club (WCC).

A total of 2,804 tiles of  the 3,088 ceramic tiles of this mural were individually handcrafted by the 1,800 athletes and 900 members of the workforce during the YOG from 14 to 26 August 2010. These young athletes were from 197 National Olympic Committees (NOC) and took part in all 26 sports. 101 Team Singapore athletes also participated in the creation of the tiles.
In Montréal
 Les enfants dans la ville
(collective, 330 Montreal children)
Top: full size mural
Bottom: Mural detail
Les enfants dans la ville
Collective (330 Montreal children), 1979-80
Moulded concrete
Width 11,1 m × height 2,9 m
Henri-Bourassa Metro Station, Montreal
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This unique mural is composed of 330 concrete blocks, each created by a Montreal child.

During the 1979 International Year of the Child, the City of Montreal’s Service des sports et loisirs decided to create a work of art designed by children for a prominent public place. 330 Montreal children aged six to twelve took part in the project in April and May 1980 at the Centre communautaire Masson and the Aréna Préfontaine. They created images of their everyday lives focusing on four main themes: houses, people, parks, and transportation.

The clay moulds made by the children were filled with concrete to produce reliefs, each 35 cm × 25 cm. The blocks were then assembled in the station and unveiled on 9 December 1980.

André Gide Photo Quote

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