I have caught the Living Asia Channel’s feature on Filipino artist Pacita Abad a couple of times. It drove me to seek out the Singapore footbridge she had turned into a work of art.
Alkaff Bridge was at the top of my checklist of things to see when I toured the promenade along the Singapore River two years ago. I didn’t have a blog then. I decided to post this anyways as when out of the country, I tend to look for things that’s related to home. I think other people also feel the same way and that they might be interested to know, if they haven’t yet, and thereby see for themselves the art bridge. A friend who works in SG once told me that she hadn’t heard of it until I told her. Some Singapore maps from the airport do not have the bridge on them at all.
Alkaff Bridge is at Robertson Quay. It is quite near the Singapore Tyler Print Institute and right across Quayside. From Clark Quay MRT, the nearest MRT station, take a leisurely stroll along the riverbanks. You want the direction away from Merlion Bay. From the GMAX, this is the fourth bridge you will see. On the map, it looks like it’s as far as Ion Mall is to 313 Sommerset.
It’s easy to spot. A burst of color at the river. It calls to mind the bright colors of Philippine fiestas.
Pacita Abad conceptualized the painted design of the bridge and painted the handrails herself.