Public Art Trail at Mapletree Business City I
Mapletree Business City I
The curatorial theme “atolls” for the Mapletree Business City (MBC) I artworks expresses MBC’s continuity. Like atolls that thrive and grow to become magnificent coral islands, supporting complex and varied underwater habitats, Mapletree has revived an ageing distripark into a high-specification business hub with major global players as tenants. Building a community involves more than providing a comprehensive suite of facilities, and MBC’s public art – seamlessly integrated into its environment– aims to foster a sense of belonging in its occupants,.
The eight art pieces in this trail were specially commissioned for MBC I and curated by Tay Swee Lin in 2010. Displayed at communal locations where people gather for recreation and social interaction, the artworks are not only convenient landmarks but also serve to promote a sense of community among MBC’S business fraternity and cultivate a distinct MBC identity. When a development is enriched with artists’ designs, ordinary spaces can be transformed into intuitive places that stimulate thought, reflection and creativity. Public art can heighten our awareness of everyday surroundings, lend character and emotional value to a place, and encourage social interaction among people from all walks of life. In MBC, art provides a moment of respite in the fast-paced lives of office workers, when they stop to appreciate and experience the artworks.
Tay Swee Lin is a Singapore-based independent art consultant. She was formerly a curator at the Singapore Art Museum and National Museum of Singapore, as well as for the public art programme at Terminal 3 of Singapore’s Changi Airport.
To learn more about the artworks in this trail, please search by collection at: https://www.publicarttrust.sg/public-art