Benchmarks, a placemaking initiative for the Civic District, presents a series of art benches by six Singapore-based artists. Sited between The Arts House and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, they punctuate one’s walk through the Civic District with rhythm and meaning, inviting the public to engage with its rich history.

"A benchmark is a standard against which others are measured or judged. It may also refer to a mark on a permanent object used for precise measurements. Within this curatorial framework, we playfully utilise the concept of benchmarks by designing benches that serve as both physical objects of rest and points of reference for reimagining our art and cultural heritage. Designed by six Singapore-based artists, these benches actively invite visitors to engage with the Civic District's rich history, serving as dynamic markers that encourage exploration and appreciation of the district’s cultural significance. The benches along a passage trail, between The Arts House and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, are akin to different punctuation marks, infusing one’s walk through the Civic District with rhythm and meaning. Just as punctuation marks provide breaks and structure to a passage of text, these artistically designed benches punctuate one’s journey, offering moments of pause and reflection." - Justin Loke, Project Curator

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Story Walk 2023

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Thank you for joining us at Story Walk, StoryFest’s inaugural outdoor roaming storytelling experience! Together, we explored Civic District’s Benchmarks art trail, where our storytellers breathed life into the captivating tales inspired by three of the art benches and our iconic monuments.

Back at The Arts House, we enjoyed a delightful activity where we folded our unique paper art benches, embellishing them with linocut prints and postcards showcasing original prints of the Singapore River.  

If you missed Story Walk, stay tuned for a digital iteration of the programme in January 2024 as part of Light to Night Festival 2024! 

 

About Arts in the Civic District

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Arts in the Civic District aggregates arts programmes in the Civic District and presents the precinct as a lively and vibrant arts and culture destination in Singapore. It features programmes ranging from museum visits and live performances to arts and culture activities, curated by the Civic District stakeholders: Asian Civilisations Museum, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Symphony Group, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall. For more information, visit https://artshouselimited.sg/civic-district

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