This 80 sqm mural, commissioned by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for Marina South Pier MRT Station, stands as testimony to the life of Singapore and her people at the nation's 50th anniversary. It is the composite of the inspirations of nearly 2,000 participants from different walks of life.
Working under the guidance of the artist and with the broad themes of nature, the environment of the city and nation-building, participants told their stories on slabs of raw clay. The divergent inspirations were then hand-painted by the artist and assembled into a cohesive whole, reflective of the shared experiences of their originators. The resultant mural celebrates Singapore's tapestry of life; rich in texture, diversity and colour, yet united in aspiration.
Click here to find out more about the concept, inspiration and process behind the mural.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Delia Prvacki was born in 1950 in Baia Mare, Romania. She became interested in ceramics as a teenager and had her first solo exhibition at the age of 20. Delia completed her studies at the Institute of Fine Arts Bucharest in 1975 and subsequently lived and worked for 17 years as a professional artist in Belgrade. She immigrated to Singapore in 1992 and became a citizen in 2002. Delia has had more than 20 solo shows and participated in numerous international group exhibitions.
Delia's body of work in Singapore has evolved around several solo thematic exhibitions and numerous commissions for public spaces, such as murals for the National Library Board (2000 - 2001), LTA's Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (2002), National University of Singapore (2005) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (2011).
For more information about the artist, please visit www.delia.prvacki.com
STATEMENT BY THE ARTIST
At a point of maturity in my practice, I am grateful to have been appointed and commissioned to create such an exciting, complex and challenging collaborative project. It has provided me with a great deal of satisfaction to honour the trust and confidence LTA had in me to create Singapore Tapestry. It is a significant work of public art offering infinite ways of interpretation.
I was determined to prove that a meaningful concept and artistic approach to a community-based artwork is possible. It proposed numerous opportunities of exploration, generating a unique form of creative impulse and intellectual revelation. I believe the experience was gratifying to all parties involved: the participants, organizers and the team of young artists who were involved in various stages of this project.
As the artist responsible for generating the idea of such an ambitious assignment, I am deeply touched by the participants for taking part in the clay workshop and the joy they had expressed upon seeing the completed mural at the unveiling ceremony. My beliefs were profoundly rewarded at every stage of the project. I believe that art can be used to elevate life, to capture significant moments of history and to constantly educate us.
Every participant file is published on this site. Their candid expression of love for Singapore is evident in their notes. It extends the meaning of this community project beyond formal participation. The mural celebrates a sense of belonging and patriotism, encapsulating the creative attempts of all 1,600 participants. I am thrilled to present our entire documentation of creating Singapore Tapestry as a gift to the country – an emblem of solidarity with everyone who was involved.
Special thanks to Jade Yeo and Kathlyn Loke for creating this website
Photo credit - Ang Boon Pah and Kathlyn Loke
Deliarts Pte Ltd would like to thank:
All workshop participants,
LTA's Architecture Division for organising and facilitating this project,
Artist Assistants: Kathlyn, Jade, Peixuan, Janet, Esther, Benedict, Kelwin, Khai, Imran,
Poh Cheong Concrete Product Pte Ltd for GFRC casting, and
Top Pave Pte Ltd for their facilities and help with the installation
To view a detailed image of the mural, please click here