Tembusu College Showcases Students’ Works at NUS Arts Festival 2017

In AY2016/2017 Semester 1, Singapore as ‘Model” City? Senior Seminar collaborated with the NUS Centre for the Arts (CFA) to turn Alice Lee Plaza, a transitory space, into a meaningful art and cultural gateway. Through students’ interventions, we managed to enliven this space and engage the public in a conversation on reimagining the city and urban experience, first through a one-night exhibition, and later through a showcase of selected works during the NUS Arts Festival 2017.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.