Worthy Street art locations in Singapore
Singapore is set to have a major COMEBACK as Qantas, Changi Airport and the Singapore Tourism Board ink a three year partnership deal to promote Singapore as a transit destination. This exciting news will sure see plenty more Australians travelling through the city and looking for things to do.
The city may be known for its innovative art shows and state of the art museums, but who says you have stay indoors to enjoy its artwork? Step outside and you will notice the city is adorned with visual treats waiting to be discovered. Singapore’s streets have become a canvas for local artists who use their art to capture the colourful culture and history of the city.
PARKROYAL Hotels have done the digging for you and found 6 of the best street art locations. Get your cameras ready, you need to feature these on your Instagram ASAP.
1. Haji Lane
Haji Lane is a one-of-a-kind district for hipsters and the artistically-inclined. Besides its funky-looking shophouses, the hidden haven is also home to a multitude of murals, each one a spectacular piece of art that reflects the rambunctious identity of the local youth community. Although decorated with quirky shops and local eateries, Haji Lane is a corner of the city which remains untouched by extensive modernisation. Whilst here, enjoy browsing independent fashion boutiques like Mondays Off and Shop Wonderland. Also – if morning coffees are your thing, make sure to try a delicious brew from nearby I am… Café or CAD café.
2. Queen Street
This narrow street, which faces high traffic due to its prime position near the Singapore Art Museum, is a relatively well documented spot. Nestled in the arts and heritage district of Bras Basah, Queen Street features bizarre one-eyed monsters, tigers and dragons illustrated across its bleak industrial walls. Local residents have probably seen its eclectic adornments at least a thousand times, but they never stay the same for very long, especially when artists collaborate to give the wall a makeover.
3. Armenian Street
Take a stroll along Armenian Street, and you will find a long yet petite wall covered in rainbow-coloured graffiti situated beside the Peranakan Museum. Depicting buildings along the Bras Basah and Bugis areas, this work of art is in fact a commissioned piece by the National Heritage Board, honouring its 20th anniversary. Another spot for street art is The Substation, located just next door, where the most impressive ones are hidden at the back of the building.
4. Jalan Pisang Junction
When wandering through Jalan Pisang, it is impossible to miss the larger-than-life wall painting of a little Chinese girl caressing a lion cub, famously created by Lithuanian Artist, Ernest Zacharevic. The alley beside Jalan Pisang also boasts a variety of smaller advertising murals. Take a look at the ones found near the café and bakery, Cake Love. Perhaps stop for a bite to eat while you’re here!
5. Aliwal Street
Another artsy district where a ton of cultural events take place, Aliwal Street is basically a “home base” for local street artists. For one, RSCLS, an urban art collective that includes renowned Singapore graffitists ANTZ, ZERO and SKL0, is one of the residents at the Aliwal Arts Centre. The art you’ll see meanders from the surreal to the semi-realistic, but are nonetheless ravishing through and through. Aliwal Street also hosts an annual Urban Art Festival to celebrate Singapore’s urban art and music.
6. Along Jalan Sultan
Directly opposite Aliwal Street is Jalan Sultan. There is a considerably smaller number of murals and artworks in this area, although the depiction of a family of chickens, and a boy on a tyre swing attached to a tree remains a crowd favourite. It is found on the façade of the Stuttgart Blackforest café at the end of the street. Whilst here, explore nearby Sultan Arts Village which is home to graffiti shop, The Black Book. The store boasts eccentric practice walls for new sprays and tags.
Where to stay:
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