So do people prefer various forms of art, people also view water differently!
Here’s how Singaporeans of all ages interpret and express the value of water conservation. Created by a local group of community artists, these artwork brings to life their personal narratives and memories of the Singapore Water Story and will be on display till 31 March 2019 along Orchard Road. Enjoy!
For the youngest artist of the group, 13-year-old Charmaine Chew (周雪敏), water represents joy. Brought up in a family that conscientiously re-uses water, Charmaine’s fondest childhood memories include playing in the rain with her brother. This inspired her to pen a poem and create her artwork ‘Water through the eyes of a Child’.
“I hope people will be able to relate to the joy and life that water gives. I hope people will realise the power to make every drop count lies in our hands – how we conserve water today, how we keep our rivers and reservoirs clean – these add up to the difference we can make for today and our future generations,” said Charmaine.
Isaac Liang (梁志杰), 32, a deaf illustrator, sees water as a big part of his daily life – from drinking, to showering to cooking. His art piece ‘Rain of Blessings’ was inspired by a community project in Vietnam, where he was part of a team that built a school for the locals and taught the children English.
“There was a lack of water infrastructure and I was struck by how the village children were so happy dancing in the rain. Through my artwork, I hope to remind the public that they are so lucky to live in a place like Singapore, where clean water is available anywhere. Running water from a tap is something we should not take for granted,” said Isaac.
Chiang Yu Xiang
Chiang Yu Xiang (郑宇翔), 32, a librarian, hopes to highlight the importance of water conservation through his art piece ‘Wally Wonders’. His work as a librarian, with exposure to books and stories on the environment, also encourages him to use water wisely. His family also makes it a point to conserve water such as reusing water from rinsing rice and vegetables to water the plants.
“It’s important to use water mindfully and avoid using more than what is necessary. Conserving what we can today will allow us the peace of mind that there will be adequate resources for the future,” said Yu Xiang.
Participating in “My Take on Water” initiative has made Nanyang Technological University undergrad Toby Tan (陈迅艺), 24, more aware of his daily water usage and he started practising water-saving tips at home. His artwork ‘Everything Begins From A Single Drop’ is a playful take on a water droplet, illustrating how everything begins with a single drop.
“It’s an overlooked privilege in Singapore to have water readily accessible and the luxury of clean drinkable tap water. These are things to be grateful for and we should not take them for granted,” said Toby.