When the former National Stadium was demolished to give way to the new Sports Hub, we salvaged the seating planks. We have an idea that if the planks can be recycled into well-designed benches, it would be a meaningful way to commemorate the grand old dame of Kallang.
We then commissioned local designers and held an open competition to invite Singaporeans to share their ideas on how they would design such benches. The many designs were put to the public for their preferred designs, and their preferred location for their chosen designs. The ‘Pick a bench, Pick a place’ initiative by the URA was very well received.
More than 6,000 votes were cast. Eventually, 10 designs and 15 locations were selected.
The benches will be placed in Marina Bay, Sentosa, as well as our heartlands like Jurong Pedestrian Mall, Punggol Promenade, Tampines Community Plaza and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
More details on the locations can be found here.
Each bench design holds an interesting story behind it, based on the designer’s interpretation or memories of the former stadium.
My favourite is the DREAM bench. Each alphabet is a seat on its own. But together, they inspire like-minded friends to sit together to banter and share their dreams for the future. Our pioneer political leaders did just that and modern Singapore was born.
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