Singapore Deviation: Wander with Art Through the Rail Corridor

Singapore Deviation:
Wander with Art Through the Rail Corridor

Experience nature enlivened through art as you go off the beaten track of the iconic Singapore Rail Corridor.


Singapore Deviation is a series of public art commissions exploring the iconic Rail Corridor in Singapore through the works of three artists: Sookoon Ang, Hilmi Johandi, and Tan Pin Pin. Conceived as site-specific installations, each artist offers a unique entry point into the evolving uses of the site, from colonial railway to wildlife corridor and recreational trail.


The public art trail is named after a revised alignment to the original Singapore-Kranji Railway in 1932, which resulted in the present-day 24km track that runs through the north-south axis of Singapore.1 Through its conveyance of passengers and goods between Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia, the railway passage embodies histories that are integral to the city-state’s transformation. It remained a significant means of transportation and communications and operated for decades before the last train from Tanjong Pagar departed in 2011. Since then, it has been repurposed as an urban retreat and community leisure zone.


Singapore Deviation calls attention to the shifting publics and uses of the Rail Corridor. The series sets up an encounter with a range of figures, messages and sensations that constitute the multi-faceted experience of the Rail Corridor. Each artist reanimates the physical site, considering the Rail Corridor not just as a space of transit but as a constantly changing space, with an ambiguous status and uncertain future. These works invite new perspectives on the diverse social, historical, and ecological relationships that determine the continued relevance of this historic railway track.


Singapore Deviation is commissioned by The Everyday Museum, a public art initiative of Singapore Art Museum. It is made possible with the generous support of Sun Venture and in venue partnership with JTC, SBS Transit and Land Transport Authority.


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1 Curator’s note: At the end of the 1920s, a nine mile “deviation” to the original Singapore-Kranji Railway was proposed, partly motivated by the need to elevate and realign certain portions of the track that were prone to frequent flooding. When the realignment was completed in 1932, it brought trains through a new route from the Bukit Timah station to Tanglin Halt and Kampong Bahru, finally arriving at the new terminus at Tanjong Pagar. For more details:

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related events

check out the line-up of free and ticketed events below!



retirement plan/pelan persaraan: A performance along the Rail Corridor by Tini Aliman and Cristiana Cott
Sat 27 Apr | 4–5pm
Meet at Spooner Road entrance to the Rail Corridor, opposite Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal
Free, by registration
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retirement plan/pelan persaraan is an homage to the human and non-human beings that resided in, traversed across, perished within or were displaced from the Rail Corridor. This performance, conceived by sound artist Tini Aliman and performance artist Cristiana Cott, asks: As we connect to the ground on which we walk and pay attention to the soundscape of local sites, can we discover who was here originally, how they arrived and for what reasons? Can we also shift away from the binaries that structure colonial thought, such as self/other, human/animal and culture/nature?


Nuts for Nutmeg: Grace Tan in conversation with Ivan Brehm and Timothy Pwee
Fri, 3 May | 7–8pm
SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Level 3, Corporate Office, Main Deck
Free, by registration
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Join artist Grace Tan, Timothy Pwee, senior librarian at the National Library Board, and Ivan Brehm, chef and owner of Nouri restaurant, as they uncover how the nutmeg has served as a source material for their respective practices and influenced our culture at large, and consider its history and culinary significance in relation to the legacy of Singapore’s colonial economy. Examine how everyday materials can be interpreted through various disciplines, and how personal and collective memories shape our experiences.

walk walk (Singapore Deviation version)

Tan Pin Pin


Screening room, Single-channel video with English and Chinese subtitles, 27 min 13sec; vinyl texts, various dimensions and LED backlit sign, 45 x 150 cm

Stagecraft: Landscaped Grounds

Hilmi Johandi


UV print on treated aluminium mounted on galvanised steel scaffolding, various dimensions


Sookoon Ang


Bronze, 112 x 82 x 265 cm