Celebrating 80 years (1936-2016)
222 Queen Street and 51 Waterloo Street Celebrate 80 Years of Heritage
New mural commissioned as a tribute to the rich and colourful history of the Bras Basah area
21 May 2016, Singapore – The Directors of 222 Queen Street and 51 Waterloo Street (222+51), Andrew Lau and Rachel Teo, today host a private ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the buildings with a presentation of a heritage mural. Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, is present as Guest of Honour and Mr Daniel Teo, Chairman and Managing Director of Hong How Group, as our Distinguished Guest.
222 Queen Street and 51 Waterloo Street are two sites that have played an important role at the heart of the Bras Basah community and it was once the home of the prestigious Catholic High School, an all-boys educational establishment. The sites were left vacant from the 1990s when the school relocated to its current premises in Bishan. The buildings were given a new lease of life in 2009 and were transformed into an arts centre by Daniel Teo, a philanthropist and alumnus of the Catholic High School. Current tenants at 222+51 include art and cultural institutes, performing art centres, fitness and wellness studios, catering services, and a gem museum.
Located on the ground floor of 51 Waterloo Street, the building adjoining 222 Queen Street, the mural is a site-specific commission by local artists, Yip Yew Chong and Yuen Kum Cheong. The murals are a series of six door panels inspired by the colourful history of the Bras Basah area. The artists have depicted scenes of daily life in the 1960s and community landmarks such as the old National Library, Odeon Cinema and National Theatre, which have been lost due to redevelopment.
“The murals are intended to provoke thought, emotion and connection to familiar scenes of our past. We hope that these recreated scenes will warm the hearts of older generations, as well as serve to let our younger generations learn and appreciate our heritage,” said artist, Yip Yew Chong.
Andrew Lau, the Director of 222+51 said, “222+51 serves a custodian of our early history. Yip Yew Chong and Yuen Kum Cheong’s stunning mural evokes nostalgic memories that speak out to the local audience. We are delighted to have seen this mural come to life and that it will inspire the community to be proud of their cultural heritage. We hope that the mural will invite more visitors to 222+51 and encourage them to create new memories in this wonderful building.”