OH! OPEN HOUSE @ Joo Chiat

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OH! OPEN HOUSE is Singapore’s only art walkabout that brings people into private spaces of neighbourhoods to see site-specific artworks. This time we are going to tour Joo Chiat 🙂

Joo Chiat is one of the estates that I seldom been to, as I stayed in the northern part of Singapore for the majority of my life. Since we are joining a Golden tour, we have a “golden” guide, Kenneth, who took the effort to paint himself golden 🙂

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We first visited Boon’s house and his boat.

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Boon loves sea so much that he bought this boat (for only $300!) as part of his collection.

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Some 20 objects were borrowed from nearby shophouses, dormitory, etc to create some personal memories of all walks.

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Around the boat are small notes of what one will bring to a Noah’s Ark.

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Next we visited Mr & Mrs Tan’s house at Koon Seng Road. Mr Tan has been living here since the 1950s.

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Mrs Tan used to be a seamstress, and Mr Tan only wears pants made by her.

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The artwork here involved a pave road of roses that leads the visitors from the back door to the front.

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Koon Seng Road is famous for its colourful Peranakan shophouses.

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Next we visited Andrzej & Evie’s house at Sandalwood Condo, which is actually a block of terrace houses with conserved facades in Joo Chiat.

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The artwork here is partly inspired by Andrzej’s bike obsession.

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As part of the walkabout, we were also introduced to some famous eating places in Joo Chiat, like this wanton mee eatery.

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Our guide also recounted some neighbours’ dispute incidents in Joo Chiat, where families insulting and suing each other and even throwing cat faeces.

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We also visited 106 Joo Chiat Place, which formerly housed the studio and house of Cultural Medallion artist, Ng Eng Teng.

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Next we visited Jason & Gigi’s house, which has been transformed into a Garden of Being.

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Some fading but interesting wordings on walls.

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We were also led to a mixed media installation in the Fragrance Hotel.

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The last house we visited belongs to Wei Chun, who loves Joo Chiat because it reminds him of his hometown in Penang.

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Happy to receive at the end of the tour, a nostalgic biscuit tin, which contains a handbook, postcard, coffee cup, coffee beans, some sweets… so creative! 😀

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