Singapore has a somewhat bad reputation when it comes to arts and culture. Although the city-state is home to vibrant cultural enclaves like Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam, it can be hard to pinpoint what is distinctly ‘Singaporean’. Right now, the city’s literature community is trying to combat this disinterest through the #BuySingLit events happening at the end of this month. However, one area where Singapore more than holds its own is public art. Here are some of the must-see artworks lining the streets.
Based on designs submitted by Ms Marthalia Budiman for a competition to bring more art to the area, these eye-catching trees are part of a new initiative to increase community spaces in Little India.
In the same region is this three-dimensional piece by Ernest Zacharevic. The Lithuanian street artist gained international fame for his participation in the George Town Festival in Penang, Malaysia, after the BBC likened him to Banksy.
Zacharevic has several murals around the city, including two more in Bugis. The larger-than-life Girl and The Cub is unmissable, painted on the side of a shophouse on Victoria Street. The Peeping Tom is a little bit more difficult to find, but a good excuse to explore this colourful neighbourhood.
Kampong Glam is certainly the city’s most vibrant and artistic neighbourhood, with art decorating many walls in small alleys. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you stroll around the area, as it’s easy to miss the tucked-away artwork – like this mural near the Aliwal Arts Centre.
Located along Holland Ave, in the park of a public housing estate, this sculpture of a man reading a book in the bath is surprisingly easy to miss, especially considering he measures approximately eight feet long, from head to toe.
Another work by Ceno2, the Hidden Nature Mural is a collaboration with Keepers SG, a community of indie designers and artists. Ceno2 considers himself to be a ‘graffiti fine artist’, and his work can be found all over the island.
Down towards Tanglin, this newly painted mural celebrates 2017, the Year of the Rooster.
Another works by Ernest Zacharevic, this one is a little more difficult to find, tucked away at the corner of Joo Chiat Terrace and Everitt Road. The mural, commissioned by the private homeowner, is known as the Jousting Painters and highlights the power of imagination.
The Secret Robot Spy Factory by Sonny Liew can be found in one of the underpasses at Punggol Waterway Park. Commissioned by the National Arts Council, Liew wanted to create a mural that shows how humans use different parts of their brains in every interaction with another.