In the last couple of years I have come to appreciate street art. There are so many reasons why people love street art and why it is becoming more popular or important for people of all walks of life. Street art is an important part of history and identity for many metropolises, and sometimes even has the ability to breathe life into communities. I have tons of Singapore street art / wall mural pictures and I will continue to blog about them bit by bit in 2021.
I have a lot of great memories of Bras Basah Complex, so today I decided to dedicate a post on wall murals at this place. The Bras Basah Complex has been a familiar place to many Singaporeans for the past three decades. The commercial-cum-residential complex became Singapore’s well-known City of Books, an unofficial yet representative name just like the Beach Road’s Army Market, the Arcade where moneychangers ply their trades, or the famous Sungei Thieves Market with their second hand goods. I used to buy books and stationery at this place when I was a student. I still frequent Bras Basah Complex very often nowadays, not to buy books, but for the endless supplies of art materials from Art Friend for my painting works.
Most of these vibrant and cheerful wall mural paintings at Bras Basah Complex were created by students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts ("NAFA"), as part of Central Singapore CDC’s Painting Smiles initiative. This arts initiative was titled "Painting Smiles" which aimed to bring smiles to visitors or residents through the use of bright and therapeutic colours on wall murals. There are also some other wall murals done by local street artists.
I cannot believe how crazily wet the weather has been in Singapore, since the start of 2021. I mean, it was only one or two days when there was the sun out and shining but it has been pouring so heavily that all I wanted to do was to go jump on puddles. With the hot, humid days which happen almost year-round, rains are surely some sort of a breather. December to January and early February are considered “winter-like months" in Singapore. Not really winter but here do experience very low temps at this time of the year.
The day that I took these pictures was a gray and rainy day. I kind of loved it. Most people are displeased when they check the weather and see a forecast for rain; whether it's pouring down while you are schlepping to work or messing up your weekend plans with a persistent drizzle, the rain isn't the most popular type of weather. I guess you could say I am the Elsa of rainfall; not only has the rain never bothered me anyway, I actually happen to love rainy days. More than anything, I find myself longing for a nice rainy day. I really do love raining days.
There is something about a gray, rainy day that causes you to stop and reflect. I know my opinion isn't a terribly popular one, but I stand by it. It’s unexplainable – rainy days just feel so peaceful. That is of course as long as you don’t have to be stuck in the middle of rush hour traffic. Rain by itself is quiet and cleansing. In turn it asks that we be still as well and who isn’t in need of a little stillness these days. Rain or shine, I always plan to savor the time.