24 February 2020

February Sketchwalk at Liang Court


Credit : Sketch by Patrick Ng

It’s not very often that we have our sketchwalk on 29 February! On this special day, we are going to sketch a building that is probably a part of our collective memories, and is going to be redeveloped like much of the area surrounding it. Yes, we’re talking about Liang Court, the deep orange twin towers that overlook River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, and Singapore River, and once was home to the Japanese department store Daimaru and the bookshop Kinokuniya (remember that leopard painting that graced the display window?). Come join us as we say goodbye to Liang Court, which has stood at the corner of Clarke Quay for over 30 years.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/liang-court-site-integrated-development-700-hotel-residence-12113526

Also in the vicinity are 2 historic bridges: Ord Bridge and Read Bridge (https://lostnfiledsg.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/bridges-of-singapore-river/), and the childhood residence of one of our very own sketchers! Want to know who it is and what life was like back in the day when Clarke Quay was lined with godowns and the Singapore River was dirty and stinky and filled with bumboats? Come join us to find out!

ADVISORY:
In view of the recent COVID-19 situation, we would like to advise anyone with flu symptoms to stay home and rest. We will not be taking temperature or doing contact tracing so please take your own precautions and observe good personal hygiene. Thank you!

Here are a couple of ”advisory videos” from previous virus outbreaks:

Wash your hands too: https://youtu.be/lViRlo1_b1o

PCK SARS rap for SG: https://vimeo.com/268362161


START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Corner of Clarke Quay opposite Liang Court
(https://goo.gl/maps/9Jnb4iMRewAU1Xn69)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as starting point
(https://goo.gl/maps/9Jnb4iMRewAU1Xn69)


Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (NEL)


Locations to sketch:
- Fort Canning Hill
- Ord Bridge
- Read Bridge
- Clarke Quay
- Liang Court
- Old River Valley Swimming Complex

Places to eat and shop:
- Central Mall
- Clarke Quay
- Not sure if there are any tenants left in Liang Court itself
- Brewerks

Bring:
- Hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent if you’re heading up Fort Canning

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