This article appeared in TODAY, 23 May 2011, page 18.
I refer to Major-General (NS) Chan Chun Seng’s call for young artists to ‘paint some nice murals on the bland walls at the voice decks’ (TODAY, 21 May).
In July 2010, after the case of grafitti on our MRT, I had written a letter published in TODAY making a similiar call to allow public spaces and objects such as street corners, MRT trains and postboxes to be opened up for budding artists to apply for permission to paint on them to inject more vibrancy to life in Singapore.
Street art is gaining popularity in some cities such as London, Berlin and San Francisco. In Singapore, we should encourage this too so that we can engage the creative energies of our artists and make life more interesting for all. It would also signal the opening up of Singapore to be more bold and appreciative of the expressions of others.
Hence I support this initiative by Major-General (NS) Chan. I hope to see it being practiced throughout Singapore and not just in his Buona Vista ward. We can even make it into a national competition with sponsored prize money for the best wall murals.
Footnote: I had proposed something similiar during my GE2011 campaign for Joo Chiat. I will be happy to link interested private home residents in Joo Chiat and in the eastern side of Singapore with arts group I am familiar with for paid wall mural services to their homes.