Who says Singapore is a sterile and boring city? By Sharifah Nursyafiqah
Many of us are familiar with the vibrant graffiti art lining the walls of tourist hotspots like Kampong Glam or Bras Basah. Did you know, however, that there are plenty more hidden street art pieces brightening up our local landscape? We uncover some amazing street art by incredibly talented local and foreign artists that you must check out!
1. OCBC Bank at Sixth Avenue
827 Bukit Timah Road
Painted by street artist Sufian Hamri (better known as Trase), this quirky street mural on OCBC Bank at Sixth Avenue features Sufian’s unique trademark tagger character, created in the artist’s own image.
2. Jousting Painters
If you’ve been to the streets of Penang, you would recognise this style of street art done by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. He’s done a few murals in Singapore as well – along Kampong Glam, Victoria Street, Joo Chiat, and even on private property! We love this one of Jousting Painters at Everitt Road. View all of Zacharevic’s amazing installations here.
3. Heritage Murals
This stunning mural depicting two old men playing Chinese Chess is among 13 heritage murals depicting the lives of pioneer generation residents in Kreta Ayer. Jointly painted by over 500 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) volunteers and 100 Kreta Ayer residents, this installation took six months to complete, and was launched in April this year. The largest mural stands tall at 68 square metres!
4. Samsui Lady
Amoy Street Food Centre
Muhammad Azlan Ramlan, better known as his alter ego Ceno2, is no stranger to the global graffiti scene. Ceno2 has brought his amazing art to the walls of countries like Germany, Chicago, and of course, Singapore. Check out more of his work on Instagram (@iamceno2).
5. Light In Little India and Green Goblins
These two murals, “Light In Little India” depicting a man with his gaze cast downwards, and the “Green Goblins” mural on the left of the wall, were the works of American street artists Elmac and Tyke Witnes AWR respectively. They were invited to put up their works during the Singapore Night Festival in 2010, resulting in these gorgeous creations.
6. Manifesto Found Art
One of the newer murals along the colourful Haji Lane is this one by Lydia Yang, who goes by her moniker Oak & Bindi. Commissioned by technical apparel brand Lululemon Athletica, the mural features a quote from the company’s manifesto, meant to spread a message of positivity. Lydia is also part of a team of artists, Tell Your Children, whose murals you can find in places like the Singapore Art Museum, Bar Naked at Club Street, and A Street Barber Shop at Haji Lane.
Tiong Bahru Market
As part of SG50 celebrations, and in conjunction with 50 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries, Australia launched a vibrant arts and community engagement programme in Singapore called “50 Bridges.” If you did not have a chance to enjoy yummy food at one of the “50 Bridges” BBQ, why not check out some of the beautiful “50 Walls” installations instead? These “50 Walls” are located all over the island, from Singapore Zoo to the Rail Corridor Art Space, and even East Coast Lagoon Food Centre. Click here for an easy guide to all the walls, and get exploring!