Project LAVA: Re-interpreting Singapore Literature through Visual Arts


Singapore, 30 November 2012 – In partnership with the Housing & Development Board (HDB), National Parks Board (NParks) and National Library Board (NLB), the National Arts Council is proud to present Project LAVA, an initiative that aims at engaging audiences through visual art installations inspired by literary works. The project, which hopes to inspire greater appreciation for the arts among Singaporeans, features various public art installations in prominent locations around Singapore, such as Punggol Waterway and at seven community libraries.


 2          Project LAVA’s largest installation is Sonny Liew’s Accident at Sunset Strip along Punggol Waterway. Sonny Liew, a 2010 Young Artist Award recipient, takes on his first large-scale public art endeavour with this wall mural inspired by Gilbert Koh’s poem. The visually captivating wall mural features illustrations of inanimate objects such as robots, which express primary human desires of affection and love. Accident will be available for public viewing at Punggol Waterway until May 2014 (please refer to Appendix A).


3          To engage a wider audience, Project LAVA extends its reach into the community through a series of interactive art installations at seven community libraries. These artworks showcase creative visual art presentations of literary works by Singapore-based artists Tania de Rozario, Charlene Shepherdson, Amanda Lee and Winnie Goh. The art installations will be displayed at various libraries until March 2013 (please refer to Appendix B). Look out for other interesting installations in our parks and other public spaces in the year to come.