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The 36KM Coast-To-Coast Trail Is Now Dotted With IG-Worthy Art Installations, Visit Before 6th June 2021

Coast-to-coast trail art 

There are many reasons to embark on the Coast-to-Coast trail – it’s one of SG’s longest that takes you from one end of the country to the other, and completing it will give you bragging rights. Adding on to the many reasons to give it a shot is the new Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us pop-up, running from now till 6th June 2021.

Inspiring IG-worthy installations 

If you’re like me and lack regular exercise, the idea of a 36KM walk might just have your glutes trembling with fear. It’s no small journey indeed, but if you’re up for the challenge, know that there are now interesting artworks peppered along the route to motivate you.

14 art installations are spread across eight of the parks you’ll be passing by, each themed after the idea of resilience and hope for our post-pandemic future. See if your inner Van Goth is able to interpret them all!

National Arts Council - Coast-To-Coast trail
Image adapted from: National Arts Council 

The hike starts at Jurong Lake Gardens and that’s where you can already spot the unmissable When A Tree Becomes A Forest, made out of 195 pieces of timber wood, and created by NTU lecturer Ang Song Nian.

Coast-To-Coast trail art - [ ] With Dual Possibilities
Image credit: National Arts Council 

Continue on your journey up to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park to find three artworks including a neon-lit cassette titled [ ] With Dual Possibilities. Consider starting the journey before dusk to experience this artwork when the sky is still dark – that’s when it stands out!

Every Seed Carries Within It The Dream & Blueprint
Every Seed Carries Within It The Dream & Blueprint installation

Once you cross into Sengkang Riverside Park, two more snazzy artworks are waiting to greet you – including a super-chio rattan frame surrounding a hammock seat. Rest your weary legs here and know that you’re about halfway through the journey. Further down along the park, there’s also the creative amalgamation of “anxiety” and “courage”:

Coast-To-Coast Trail art - Anamorphic Vibes
Anamorphic Vibes by local artists Adeline Loo and Cheong Yew Mun 

Anamorphic Vibes
Look at the artwork at different angles to see the different words

Finally, Punggol Waterway Park’s Yellow is an indicator that the journey’s coming to an end. Relax on the bridge here as the sun shines through the swaying yellow PVC filters.

Punggol Waterway Park
Yellow on Lorong Halus Bridge
Image credit: National Arts Council 

Visit Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us

Art doesn’t always have to be in a museum. As the National Arts Council’s Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us proves, they can even be in the great outdoors.

Granted, you don’t have to walk the whole Jurong to Coney Island route just to visit these installations – folks in the area can just as easily pop by for a quick visit. But why not challenge yourself – besides, clocking a few extra thousand steps on that health tracker never hurts!

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Cover image adapted from: TheSmartLocal, National Arts Council