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NE1 - HarbourFront
Enigmatic Appearances by Ian Woo
Abstract images on blue vitreous enamel panels evoke a sense of open seas and ocean-bound vessels. This maritime theme is depicted through clean, uncluttered line drawings of nature, water and symbols of the marine industry rendered in the artist's fluid, minimalist style. A pair of footprints located at platform level adds a gentle touch of humour to the southernmost station of the North East Line.



NE3 - Outram Park
Memories by Wang Lu Sheng
The pageantry of Chinese opera and the symbols of law and medicine come together
in this vibrant artwork that exults in Outram Park's unique heritage. Bold, graphic and deliberately large, the works respond to the size and scale of the interchange station. Mounted on vitreous enamel panels, they serve as colourful visual signposts for the station's different entrances.


The Commuters by Teo Eng Seng
One of the most thought provoking artworks on the North East Line, these rich and varied wall reliefs of people in motion reflect the thoughts
and inner-most feelings of commuters. These images seem to emerge from the wall and disappear into it, inviting commuters to pause and contemplate their meaning. The work was originally fashioned in clay by the artist before being transferred onto concrete wall panels.


NE4 - Chinatown
The Phoenix's-Eye Domain by Tan Swie Hian
This outstanding collection of artworks comprises a resplendent wall mural depicting the arrival of Singapore's early Chinese immigrants and three sets of rhyming couplets in semi-cursive Chinese calligraphy. The richly coloured mural, featuring the mythical phoenix is located at concourse level while the poems are rendered as floor calligraphy at concourse and platform level.


NE5 - Clark Quay
The Reflections by Chua Ek Kay
A multi-faceted portrait of Singapore River today and in years past is presented through artworks in different mediums. On the station walls, four Chinese brush paintings depict Singapore River as the city's lifeline throughout its history while an abstract brass panel in rich, warm colours portrays the river in all its moods. Floor tiles of the painted eyes found on tongkangs or Chinese junks help guide commuters through the station.




NE6 - Dhoby Ghaut
Universal Language by Sun Yu-Li
This artwork is a good example of how art can help guide commuters through a complex interchange station. Floor tiles that employ a universal language of symbols such as the hunter and the fish line the six routes leading towards the trains. At the heart of the station, these symbols come together in a large floor mural and stunning wall panel.

Interchange by Milenko & Delia Prvacki
Located in the linkway of the interchange, the work of this husband and wife team salutes Asia's rich artistic legacy. Working in mosaic, Milenko created a lush, floor design that fans out at the foot of the escalators and four sets of column rings. A vibrant, tactile wall mural sees Delia's refined work ceramics fusing seamlessly with Milenko's earthy mosaics.


NE7 - Little India
Memoirs of the Past by S Chandrasekaran
These evocative, sepia-toned works celebrate all that is unique about Indian culture in Singapore. The influence of traditional Indian folk art comes through in the distinctive metal grilles at the station entrances and the elaborate floor works in bronze and granite inside the station. Animal paintings allude to the buffalo stables that used to be in the area in the past.


NE8 - Farrer Park
Rhythmic Exuberance by Poh Siew Wah
The supporting activity of Farrer Park's glorious past is captured through paintings that combine figurative drawings and abstract expression. Sports as varied as soccer and swimming and athletics, are depicted through expressive brush drawings in black ink alternated with paintings of abstract shapes and lines in pastel colours.


NE9 - Boon Keng
Metamorphosisby Lim Poh Teck
In this sunny, tropical painting, icons of everyday life offer a glimpse of Boon Keng's fascinating past and vibrant present. The works are replete with details that tell of changes in Boon Keng over the years. In a lively example of interactive art, some of the more charming details from the paintings are reproduced on the station walls and subways where the young and old may find them.



NE10 - Potong Pasir
Point of View by Matthew Ngui
Striking and contemporary, this work sees text messages recording the aspirations of ordinary people being embedded
into familiar images of urban life like clock faces high-rice flats. Installed at carefully chosen spots in the station, the pictures and words come together to form images of surprising detail
and depth.



NE11 -Woodleigh
Slow Motion by April Ng Kiaw Ngor
These etched metal panels takes a slice of urban life in Singapore at the start of Millennium and translates it into prints of commuters etched on zinc plates on the station walls. Candid, casual and unpretentious, these black and white images of family, friends and colleagues will serve as visual commentary of our lives and times for future generations.



NE12 - Serangoon
Memories of Childhood by Eng Joo Heng
This heart-warming work offers a joyful look back at childhood in the rural villages of Singapore's past. The artist, a printmaker, created these colourful images of children at play from woodcuts which he cut by hand. The final work, produced in silkscreen or vitreous enamel panels eloquently captures the innocence and wonder of childhood.



NE13 - Kovan
The Trade-Off by Eng Tow
Progress and what it has meant for Kovan - this is the theme of this intriguing work that juxtaposes topographical maps from 1945 and the present day. These maps of Kovan, one largely agricultural and the other depicting expressways and new developments, are made from granite inlays set on the station floor. These maps are complemented by cartographic symbols on the station's floor.


NE14 - Hougang
Hands Up for Hougang by Seck Yok Ying
Hougang station showcases community art at its best with work made from the hand prints of 3,000 people from babies to grandmothers, foreign workers to community leaders. Originally imprinted in wet clay, these hand prints were later transferred onto concrete wall pales and arranged in a seamless sequence by the artist. An informal yet artistic cluster of seats reinforces the friendly feel of the station at platform level.


NE15 - Buangkok
Water, Nature and the Contemporary by
Vincent Leow

Exuberant and experimental, this contemporary works speaks for the vitality of Buangkok New Town. Selected images and archival photos of life in Singapore are embellished with dots, graphic motifs and bands, all in bold primary colours. Hard to miss when going up or down the escalators, the works add vitality and splashes of colour to the station.



NE16 - Sengkang
T.R.A.N.S.I.T.I.O.N.S. by Koh Bee Liang
The changes in Sengkang, once a simple rural community are reflected in the warm glow of art on stained glass windows. The work comprises two contrasting glass murals, The mural of Old Sengkang shows warm nostalgic images of the past while the mural of New Sengkang, in black and white, depicts the skyscrapers that are now part of the area's landscape.




NE17 - Punggol
Water, Landscape and Future by Goh Beng Kwan
This stunning work in glass catches the natural light in the station, evoking a sense of sea, sky and languid days spent on Punggol beach in year's past. The deep, intense colours and fine, tactile textures of the work were achieved through an exacting firing process that fused thin layers of glass hand painted by the artist. Fragments of materials are embedded in the glass, creating a shimmering effect that changes with the viewing angle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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