Singapore is a very colourful city and so is its street art. On a sunny day (and 33 ºC), I went on a quest for the most beautiful murals. Those of you who have been to Singapore know that the city is very clean and orderly. Therefore, the density of murals is not as high as, for example, in Hong Kong. Furthermore, as some of them were very well integrated in the buildings or even had 3 dimensional items connected to them, I got the impression that they were commissioned by the owners of the buildings. My map below contains all the murals I found to make your treasure hunt for Singapore Street Art easier. I came up with the names of the murals to remember them, so they are not the official names of the artists.
On the entrance of the Tekka Centre facing Buffalo Road, there are six murals by Haha made in 2015. I think it is a great way of introducing visitors to colourful Little India.
In a small street leading to a residential area, this mural gives you a glimpse into Indian daily life.
In a side street of the main Serangoon Road, another colourful mural is waiting for us.
In the courtyard of Kampong Glam Rowell Court, there are three murals. You can enter from Rowell Road.
Just outside of Kampong Glam Rowell Court, a bit further down the road, there is the mural “Working Class Hero”. I cannot help it but it reminds me of Indian movie star Rajinikanth (or maybe this is just because I was traumatized by his film Kabali 😉 ).
On its left, there is this beautiful umbrella park.
Kampong Glam Heritage District (Area around Arab Street and Haji Lane)
Even if you drink your coffee alone, the facade of Artistry Café will give you company. 🙂 (The café is a gallery at the same time. I love the vibe and the coffee is delicious.)
Look, who is lying in the grass here!
This building is a great reminder: always excite, impress and inspire!
At the corner of Beach Road, a girl on a swing is watched by a rooster and a chicken.
Chicken, in the middle of Singapore? This cannot happen, you think? Well, it does. This is a picture of my street and every morning, roosters and chicken great me 🙂
The mural of ARC Coffee immediately draws your attention to the café.
This colourful lady is the first clue of what you can expect from the backyard of Sultan Arts Village.
In the backyard, I found my personal hidden gem: non-permanent walls and multiple murals. I think they might change quickly and, therefore, I tried to capture as many as possible in case they disappear soon.
Arab Street and Haji Lane are well-known for their colourful murals. I actually do not know how many of them were commissioned (I guess definitely those on the walls of bars). The question that should be asked here, is: “Is this still street art if it was commissioned?” I do not have a definite answer to that but I think that many of them are really cool no matter if they are “genuine street art” or commissioned.
As I mentioned in one of my previous articles, the beauty about street art is that it is constantly changing and new murals appear. At the same time, this also means that, unfortunately, some of these murals disappear. The list below is not exhaustive and I will try to constantly update it.