Jurong is commonly known for being a huge industrial estate. However, more than just a place to work, it is also a place to live, learn, and play. With a great residential population, the community of Singaporeans and migrant workers has formed a unique identity of Jurong neighbourhood. Stretching from Taman Jurong to Boon Lay, and further west to Tuas, the area is punctuated with many interesting landmarks, and layered with a strong historical heritage.
For this public art showcase Larger than Life, the curatorial team aims to transform and activate the public area in Jurong East Central (which marks the beginning to the rest of Jurong) with engaging art installations and events by Singaporean artists. Each of the artwork will explore a particular theme, characteristic, or forgotten history related to the neighbourhood, each with a story to tell about Jurong.
As a whole, these sculptures and installations will form a compelling narrative about the place and the people there, and allow both the residents and outsiders to engage with contemporary art forms while learning about the history, and renewing their awareness of its cultural heritage. The event will be open to public from 9 of November 2017 to 28 January 2018 with workshops and curated tours.
Larger Than Life, Vertical Submarine, 2017. Image courtesy of Vertical Submarine