Take a walk on the alternate side, veering away from the immaculately curated walls of the museums and galleries, as you discover hidden masterpieces that are not hung on walls but are rather on the walls themselves! So put on your shades and your comfortable shoes as we bring you a list of the five best spots for you to admire some of the fantastical artwork done by local and international aerosol artists.
Tiong Bahru Market
If you ever find yourself in this hip neighborhood, famous for its many cafés and bakeries, be sure to head over to Tiong Bahru Market where you will be able to find not only good eats but also surprising visual discoveries. On the butter-yellow walls are life-like animal murals that add a cheeky touch to the already vibrant and lively neighborhood. Ever changing, this year’s animal motif is a series of three goat murals by local artist Ernest Goh.
Tiong Bahru Market, 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore, +65 1800 2255 632
The stomping ground for the plethora of urban cool kids requires an equally, if not cooler, façade that matches the creativity and soul that comes from within the walls. The Substation has its walls adorned with many murals, ranging from as small as a juice box to as large as the whole wall. Some of the most intricate murals lie on the side of the building that leads to Timbre @ The Substation. Meander along the alleyway and admire the art, which features vibrant colors and solid, bold lines that break the monotony of the cityscape, all while you try to get the best angle for your next Instagram picture.
The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore, +65 6337 7535
Aliwal Arts Centre
Like The Substation, Aliwal Arts Centre is a building that encourages the many creatives minds that gather there to express themselves on the walls. The exterior walls of this building and its surrounding areas have been transformed into the perfect canvas for many talented aerosol artists. Never one to remain staid, the murals there are constantly refreshed with different artists leaving their mark there each time. Currently, the prominent murals on display are done by local artist Slacsatu and pay homage to the iconic Star Wars franchise.
Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore, +65 6435 0131
Academy Roastery Café
Aptly titled Coffee Story, this mural commissioned by Academy Roastery Café spans across the entire side of the building’s wall. Done by local artist Yip Yew Chong, this mural features idyllic coffee shop scenes of a bygone era, seamlessly blended with panels depicting the modern coffee culture. It makes for a perfect start as you grab a cuppa and spend the day exploring the rich landscape of Arab Street, which in itself is a visual cornucopia.
Opening Hours: 11am-11pm (Tuesday-Friday); 9:30am- 11pm (Saturday-Sunday)
Academy Roastery Café, 29 Sultan Gate, Singapore, +65 6291 6863
Nestled in the heart of Little India lies a hidden gem. Located in the alleyway between Rowell Road and Desker Road sits the mural by prominent American artist, Elmac. Invited to showcase his art during the Singapore Night Festival back in 2010, his mural still stands six years on, located on the walls of the now-defunct Broadcast HQ. Hidden in the alleyway and half obscured by potted plants from the houses nearby, you can still make out the intricate details that make up the mural as if it was painted just yesterday.
See Elmac’s work at Broadcast HQ, 10 Rowell Road, Singapore