The debates, discussions and seeking ideas, suggestions and thoughts on our Green Corridor, going back to the months before the return of the KTM Railway Stations and tracks back to Singapore, has now gotten to another phase, a future for the Green Corridor, with an exhibition held at URA Gallery from 3rd October 2011 to 28th October 2011. For more information on the exhibition, check out the links below –
Known as – Re-Imagining the Rail Corridor , it’s about keeping the public more aware of the recent KTM railway land, stations and tracks after their return to Singapore. They have 6 key themes for this exhibition
- Community Gardening
Along with the design workshop and public forum, all these would hope to give our people an understanding and a deeper insight into the cultural and natural heritage of Singapore that the railway tracks encompass, something unique and special that such beautiful greenery and wildlife exists hand in hand with modern Singapore urban landscape.
Getting more publicity and support from the various bodies and members of the public, these would spark the interest to further protect our Singapore heritage, natural beauty and greenery and to reinforce our national identity
Having visited the exhibition today, I was highly impressed by the various designs and plans for the rail corridor, although they all have very different concepts, ideas and perspectives, they all come together to preserve the heritage and greenery of the rail corridor. The other displays on the wildlife, flora and fauna impressed me a lot too, until we see it with our own eyes, we never realise that Singapore has different species of animals that might not be commonly seen.
On the other hand, the various heritage, landmarks and urban landscapes along the KTM railway tracks are of great interest and attention too, on how the history of the railway tracks were part of the growth of Singapore. Different elements all coming together to showcase the history and heritage, along with the greenery and wildlife of the Rail Corridor. Harnessing the power of social media channels, networks and social media networking, all these would gain back the spark and fire again to bring the Rail Corridor into light again, getting more Singaporeans involved and making it their part to keep it as what they want it to be, for their future generations to come.
While it was an tremendous effort and time spent by all parties/organisations and individuals involved, there is something that might add a lot more heart and soul into the exhibition, it’s about the people that work and live with the railway tracks as a part of their life growing up, the human element, that emotions, happiness, sadness, lifestyle, the everyday living of people that made the railway a part of their living. This was inspired by Zann Huizhen Huang, whose photojournalistic works on The Last Train, depicts the heart and soul of the Rail Corridor. Personally, I have documented my own Green Corridor photojournalistic adventures, thoughts and my Green Corridor Photos collection will do my talking.
Moving forward, would they get more heartlanders involved to come forward and share more of the rail corridor, the photos, surroundings, the days before the end of the railway services, the people working behind the railway and the daily folks that live with/beside/along the railway tracks ?
This spark has re-ignited, to keep the Rail Corridor future to light up again, everyone of us here, can make a difference, regardless how big or small the efforts you can contribute. Let’s start it now and keep it going, Pay It Forward and spread the word, spread the cause, spread the fire, to keep the Rail Corridor and make it something special and unique!