For 37 years until its closure in 2007, Singapore’s former National Stadium held a special spot in every Singaporean’s heart – it was the place where we cheered on our national football team during the Malaysia Cup, where the Kallang Wave was born, and where many National Day Parades were held. For me, it was the place where I saw my first Michael Jackson concert – and when I still qualified for the kids’ ticket price. I sat in the second row, and went into an epileptic frenzy when the King of Pop smiled at me and my friends. That was also the first time I camped at Hard Rock Café to buy concert tickets.
Opened in July 1973, the National Stadium was closed on 30 June 2007 to make way for the Singapore Sports Hub and the new Singapore National Stadium in 2014. In an effort to keep this piece of Singapore heritage alive, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore Furniture Industries Council and creative practice FARM invited the public and 25 commissioned local creative talents to reinterpret their memories of the national icon by designing benches using 15 wooden planks each salvaged from the stadium during its demolition. These 30 benches will then be placed in various parts of the city. It was pretty interesting to see how the designers interpreted how a public bench would look like.
To find out more about BENCH, visit www.bench.sg