Sing Lit Station's public art project is Singapore Poetry on the Sidewalks (SPOTS). Using various specially formulated paints, we'll be inscribing rain-activated excerpts of local poetry in areas around town.
Phase 3 of Singapore Poetry on the Sidewalks will return in 2019! Watch this space.
By using a specially formulated paint that is both invisible and waterproof, these poems, largely unseen, will magically come to life during rainfall. Sing Lit Station hopes that Singapore Poetry on the Sidewalks will help generate a genuine sense of excitement over local writing.
Obtain permissions from poets (to use their work) and the relevant authorities (to use the sidewalks)
Make stencils of the text we want to use for this project
Get special paint and start inscribing!
PHASE 1: NOV 2016
We have painted six poem excerpts at two venues: at the Arts House we have verses from Gwee Li Sui and Md Mukul; at The Esplanade's waterfront sidewalk we have verses from Ann Ang, Felix Cheong, Simon Tay and David Wong Hsien Ming.
PHASE 2: FEB 2017
We have partnered with the National Book Development Council of Singapore's #BuySingLit campaign to produce Phase 2 of Singapore Poetry on the Sidewalks, with poetry extracts by:
Alvin Pang, Angeline Yap, Cyril Wong and Daren Shiau at the Singapore Art Museum and SAM@8Q, in collaboration with the Singapore Biennale 2016;
Ng Yi-Sheng at LASALLE's McNally campus;
Boey Kim Cheng, Heng Siok Tian and Lee Tzu Pheng at the NUS Centre for the Arts, in collaboration with the NUS Festival of Arts 2017.
After the conclusion of our first Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for Singapore Poetry on the Sidewalks, we would like to thank the following people who had contributed funds to our public art project: Amber Lin; Berny Tan; Yongcheng Benjamin Tan; Ng Yi-Sheng; Sarah Lin; Abraham Lee; Daryl Lim Wei Jie; Pigar Mahdar; impetuously.pertinacious; Joses W. Ho; Lo Hwei Shan; Adib Jalal; Ashley Khor; Desmond Ang; Lune Loh; Dave Chua; tweedlingdum; Inch Chua; Thapliyal Shilpa; Gail Aw; angeline4649; Thian Wen Hao; Chan Lianghong James; Kenny Leck; Sasha KF Lim
Phase 2 of Singapore Poetry on the Sidewalks is supported by the National Arts Council and the #BuySingLit campaign. #BuySingLit is an industry-led movement to celebrate stories from Singapore. Advocating ‘Buy Local, Read Our World’, homegrown book publishers, retailers and literary non-profits have come together to encourage more people to discover and embrace Singapore’s literature. Through buying and reading local works, you support the writers who bear witness to our lives, as well as the businesses in our community that deliver these stories to us. Most of all, you will experience the profound joy of unravelling the multi-faceted world around you.