Sixth Avenue Station ‘Adopt-A-Station’ Mural Project
260 x 346 cm
The Mass Rapid Transit is a heavy rail rapid transit system that constitutes the bulk of the railway network in Singapore, spanning the length and width of the city-state's main island. (MRT) The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a pivotal infrastructure in Singapore, transporting millions of people a day. Within the individual stations, pieces of commissioned work are displayed, adding vibrancy and liveliness to the monotonous and repetitive nature of these train systems.
In 2021, Nanyang Girls’ High School (NYGH) collaborated with SMRT and LTA to participate in the ‘Adopt-A-Station’ project. Students are invited to design murals to put up on the walls of the Sixth Avenue Station to revitalise its environment and entice commuters towards positive thinking.
Students worked on the concept of ‘Moving Forward’ and produced detailed proposals as well as thoughtful mural designs.
Christal’s design is one of the selected works to be installed in Sixth Avenue Station from late May 2021. Through much research, Christal gained new insights to the murals present in the MRT stations nationwide, and pleasantly realised newfound appreciation for them. The murals present in MRT stations do not simply serve to look pretty, they also play a role in creating small but significant sparks of interest in our commuters’ everyday lives, and tie in back to the history and culture of each individual station, and hence our country.
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attempt this project, and attempt to create a design for a station mural. Further, this experience enhanced my knowledge of how art plays a role in public spaces. In the past, I have not thought much about public sculptures or murals and often overlooked them during my journeys. Through this experience, I have learnt that when creating an artwork, sometimes I need to consider with a target audience in mind. This was a different experience, trying to tailor my designs and thinking process to cater to the needs of others. However, despite the initial challenges I faced, I learnt many things throughout the course of this project and will value the new perspectives, and approaches that I have acquired. Through experimenting with different compositions, and evaluating how I can use different symbols and motifs to express certain ideas, I have gained new knowledge on how to make the most of my subject matter and am confident this will help me in the future.”- Christal
Through much research, I have gained new insights on the murals present in our MRT stations nationwide, and have gained a newfound appreciation for them. The murals present in MRT stations do not simply serve to look pretty, they also play a role in creating small but significant sparks of interest in our commuters ‘ everyday lives, and tie in back to the history and culture of each individual station, and hence our country. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attempt this project, and attempt to create a design for a station mural. Not only this, my knowledge of how art plays a role in public spaces has increased. Initially not thinking much for public sculptures or murals and often overlooking them, I will definitely take the opportunity to consider their value and meaning in the fast-paced, repetitive and monotonous nature of Singaporean society, especially that of the MRT station.