ORchard: A Stroll Between Valleys — Walking Tour


Singapore’s transformation is characterised by its continuous battle with nature. Terrains are flattened to create productive spaces, while precarious elements of nature are buried deep underneath. This is exemplified in Orchard, an area of natural depression susceptible to flooding since the 1840s. Along with its development into a shopping belt, the terrain is concealed under a forest of steel and concrete, while the natural stream that flowed within was reconstructed into a network of underground canals, drains and detention tank.

This installation aims to shifts Orchard’s physicality to the foreground. Underground pipes that keep Orchard safe from floods now emerge from the ground, recreating Orchard's natural terrain. While strolling through the “valley”, visitors can peek through the pipes and explore the hidden natural and historical layers of Orchard. The design sought to bring together historical context, site, and people together in unexpected ways, while keeping Orchard dry.

Join us for a tour through Orchard Road, a world-class shopping belt built upon a natural valley. Through decades of development, its physical terrain was flattened and Stamford Canal – once a natural stream running through the valley – was converted into a stormwater drain and artificially covered. With the completion of Stamford Detention Tank and Diversion Canal, Stamford Canal’s relevance was further diminished. Through examining a series of artefacts, we will expose these hidden and lesser known layers of Orchard Road’s history.

23 Feb, Sat | 9am - 10:30am (Led by Dr Lai Chee Kian)
2 Mar, Sat | 9am - 10:30am (Led by Lin Derong & Wu Yu-Chen)
9 Mar, Sat | 9am - 10:30am (Led by Lin Derong & Wu Yu-Chen)
10 Mar, Sun | 9am - 10:30am (Led by Dr Lai Chee Kian) NEW!
Orchard Road

$10 per pax.
Limited capacity. Online ticket sales close 4pm the day before.
Meeting point and tour route will be sent upon confirmation.

Produced by:
Wu Yu Chen
Lin Derong
Poh Wei Bing
Yeo Zheng Hang

Commissioned by The Future of Our Pasts Festival

The Future of Our Pasts Festival (TFOOPFest) is a month-long festival showcasing 11 creative projects by students and recent graduates from different tertiary institutions in Singapore and abroad, that reimagine lesser-known stories of our communities and places through arts and media. #TFOOPFest invites you to view our history in a new light, discover stories of our past and present, and engage with what they mean for Singapore — now and in the future.

Festival website: futureofourpasts.com

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Instagram: @futureofourpasts

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Feb 23 - Mar 9, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM SGT
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Orchard Road
23 February, Saturday, 9am-12pm SOLD OUT $10.00
9 March, Saturday, 9am-12pm SOLD OUT $10.00
2 March, Saturday, 9am-12pm SOLD OUT $10.00
10 March, Sunday, 9am-12pm SOLD OUT $10.00
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