UOL Group has commissioned a 200-foot long mural to raise funds for Very Special Arts Singapore (VSA) located along the pedestrian underpass connecting United Square and Velocity@Novena Square, as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.
The mural entitled “A Kaleidoscope of Colours” will be one of the longest murals in Singapore and will be composed of 18 art pieces themed after children and sports. The paintings were created by artists from the VSA, which provides people with disabilities the opportunities to access arts for rehabilitation and social integration.
Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth Mr Sam Tan, VSA’s Executive Director Mr Christopher Yeow, and UOL’s President (Property) Mr Liam Wee Sin, were present at the underpass to officiate the installation work this afternoon.
UOL has reproduced the art pieces into about 2,000 pieces of tiles, each measuring 1 foot by 1 foot. VSA artists, student volunteers from schools in the Thomson vicinity and UOL’s staff volunteers, installed the art pieces together to complete the murals.
The installation of the murals also heralded a series of charity auction events and art exhibitions over the weekend on June 28 and 29 at United Square and Velocity@Novena Square to raise funds for VSA. UOL has also pledged $20,000 to support the activities of VSA.
Mr Liam said said the art initiative was to develop Singapore’s physical landscape with UOL Group’s buildings, and also contribute to the building of a vibrant community and better society.
Mr Yeow said that the organisation is always looking for opportunities for their artists to showcase their work and to integrate into the community. This art collaboration, he added, is “a novel idea to reach out to the community and promote inclusiveness”.
The pedestrian underpass was constructed by UOL in 2002 when Velocity@Novena Square was developed. It provides connectivity for commuters and visitors to the malls, residential areas and health facilities in the vicinity.