Take an unconventional tour of Singapore by exploring the flourishing street art scene. The walls of the Lion City have been kept pristine by way of the heavy penalties against graffiti art. However, in recent years, street artists from local and abroad have been invited to contribute to the city’s landscape. Today, Singapore boasts a collection of stunning street art pieces in the region. Read on to find out where you can find these hidden gems along the alleyways of Singapore!
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From Victoria street to Sultan Gate, the streets of the Kampung Glam area is littered with street art treasures at every turn. Greeting us from the entrance of Jalan Pisang facing Victoria street is the "Girl with the lion cub" by the popular Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. Zacharevic is best known for his contributions to the Penang street art scene and we do not have to travel up north to appreciate his work! A quick stroll through the many alleyways littered with boutique shops of Haji lane, to Sultan Gate and Aliwal street, and be greeted by walls of work by Yip Yew Chong, ZincNiteCrew, Ceno2, Yok & Sheryo and Didier Jaba Mathieu.
"Girl with the lion cub" by Ernest Zacharevic, Jalan Pisang and Victoria street
"Children in shopping trolley" by Ernest Zacharevic, 463 Victoria Street, Singapore 198366
"Coffee story" by Yip Yew Chong, 27 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198475
"Kampung Glam Story" by Zul Othman, 71 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198497
The murals in Chinatown are largely contributed by local artist Yip Yew Chong. Having lived in Chinatown in the 1970s and 80s, Yew Chong draws from his vivid memories to paint on the walls of the neighbourhood he grew up in. The series of 6 murals Yew Chong depicts common activities and trades Singaporeans would have engaged in that have been lost in time.
"My Chinatown Home" by Yip Yew Chong, 30 Smith Street, Singapore 058944
"The Letter Writer" by Yip Yew Chong, 336 Smith Street, Singapore 050336
"Detective Conan" by Yip Yew Chong, 201 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059428
"Cantonese Opera" by Yip Yew Chong, 252 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058801
"Paper Mask and Puppet Seller" by Yip Yew Chong, Mohamed Ali Lane, Singapore
The streets of Little India are full of history, heritage, and culture. A part of the culture is the street art that is arguably the most prolific in Singapore nestled amongst the streets that used to host Singapore's horse races. The diversity of the street art in Little India pays tribute to the past customs in Buffalo Road, Bellilos Lane, and Race Course Road.
"A Ride Through Race Course Road" by Jaxton Su, 50 Race Course Road, Singapore 218562
"Cattleland 2" by Eunice Lim, 76 Buffalo Road, Singapore 219812
"Jasmine of the City" by Nadiah Alsagoff, Kerbau Road, Singapore
"Traditional Trades of Little India" by Psyfool, Tekka Lane, Singapore
"Mayura" by Boon, 22 Belilios Ln, Singapore 219962
One of the best works by Ernest Zacharevic is in this unassuming corner at Joo Chiat Terrace. A playful mural of two children engaged in the medieval game of jousting. Sat on the backs of cartoon horses as a playful contrast to the exceptional detail of the two boys. Nearby are three bollards that have been dressed up as one of the most popular cartoons amongst children, the minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob.
"Jousting Painters" by Ernest Zacharevic, 85 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427247
"Three Minion Bollards" by Ernest Zacharevic, 85 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427247
A short walk from Chinatown to Everton and the scene changes from 1970s/80s to being immersed in typical musings in a typical Singaporean neighbourhood in the 1990s. It is difficult to not feel a sense of nostalgia while appreciating Yip Yew Chong's work along the alleyways of preserved colonial buildings and shophouses situated adjacent to HDB housing estates and a stone's throw away from towering skyscrapers.
"Amah" by Yip Yew Chong, 40 Everton Rd, Singapore 089363
"The Barber" by Yip Yew Chong, 40 Everton Rd, Singapore 089393
"Home" by Yip Yew Chong, Eu Chin St, Singapore
"The Bird Singing Corner" by Yip Yew Chong, 61 Seng Poh Lane, Singapore 160061
The latest wildlife encounters between otters and wild boars and residents in our heartlands remind us of how respectful we need to towards animals. It was not too long ago that animals like goats and roosters once roamed the streets of Tiong Barhu estate. Singaporean artist and photographer Ernest Goh showcases the animal residents of Tiong Barhu.
"Goat" by Ernest Goh, Tiong Barhu Market, Block 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898
"Cock" by Ernest Goh, Block 77 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 161077
"Goldfish" by Ernest Goh, Tiong Barhu Post Office, Block 28 Tiong Barhu Road, Singapore 163028
"Guppies" by Ernest Goh, 65 Eng Watt Street, Singapore 160065
Telok Ayer is no doubt THE place to be at, with the plethora of hip restaurants, cafes, and not to mention, street art. Painted by the students and staff to the different Anglo-Chinese Schools, which first opened in the Telok Ayer district, take a step into Singapore's past with murals depicting samsui women as well as the unmissable Thian Hock Keng Temple mural.
Thian Hock Keng Temple, 93 Amoy Street
Raffles Place may be one of Singapore's busiest area with the imposing and tall office buildings. However, look around and you may spot a fun mural or two! Head over to the the famous Lau Pa Sat market and keep a look out for the Market Street mural along the CapitaSpring building. This huge mural will definitely be hard to miss with its flamboyant hues that brightens up the busy intersection!
Market Street Mural, along 88 Market Street
Haji Lane is a well-known for being home to a row of quirky shophouses and unique street art. Weekends are particularly crowded as both tourists and locals alike flock to that single stretch of lane of some out-of-the-hole cafes and #ootd shots. Most of the street art was completed by Didier Jaba Mathieu, who is widely known by his moniker "Jaba". His street art along Haji Lane depicts the indigenous Aztec people dominant in Mexico before the Spanish conquest in the 16th century.
Hidden under the canals of the Singapore River boosts a surprising amount of street art! Under the Coleman Bridge boosts murals of Singapore's past, with paintings of Sir Stamford Raffles, samsui women as well as the roaring lion! You may even come across the occasional busker, with their soulful voices adding to the artsy mood as you admire the works.
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