Dancing figures embodying elements of the performing arts like joget and breakdancing will be lined along the exterior façade of Stamford Arts Centre in the form of a striking blue mural. Commissioned by the Public Art Trust (PAT) under the National Arts Council (NAC), the artwork entitled Culture and Harmony by artist Leo Hee Tong symbolises the Centre’s support for Singapore’s multi-ethnic arts and cultural heritage through the traditional arts. The public art installation will welcome visitors at the entrance of the historical venue for the coming years.
Mounted in front of the low fence wall that is a distinct architectural feature of buildings from the 1920s, Culture and Harmony expresses the beauty of both traditional and modern performing arts that reflect Singapore’s unique multicultural identity. Visitors will see a delightful and harmonious procession of traditional Indian and Malay dance, ballet and modern dances, as well as Chinese traditional instruments through the installation. The vibrant blue represents the spirit of dynamism that strengthens new visions and innovations in performing arts, elevating Stamford Arts Centre as a landmark with its striking presence. The artwork emphasises and preserves traditional arts and heritage, capturing Singapore’s rich and diverse heritage while creating a photo moment for passers-by and visitors.
For an innovative response to transforming the exterior façade of Stamford Arts Centre, PAT selected award-winning artist Leo Hee Tong, an alumni of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and the prestigious Ashiya Art College in Japan. His works are held in many private and public collections, including those of the Istana and the Fukuoka Cultural Foundation. The public may already be familiar with his wall sculpture Towards 21st Century (1987) on display at Somerset MRT Station.