When you live in a city like Singapore, street art is so integrated into the urban milieu that it becomes easy to casually glide past a thought-provoking artwork (that just-so-happened to be seductively created whilst avoiding authorities in the dead of night). That is not to say Singapore-dwellers do not appreciate the sparks of colour and wisps of paint, but when i was wandering more to east areas, it becomes strange not to have a piece of well-thought-out hues in your line of sight.
It was announced some months ago that the Eminent Plaza together with the neighbouring Lavender Food Square Centre built in the 1980s in Singapore, will give way to a new 16-storey building slated to be completed by Year 2018. It’s sad to see another part of old Singapore being torn down to build yet another commercial project. I decided to visit it on a recent weekend afternoon to quickly document the place before it’s gone forever. The building will be demolished by end October 2014.
Street Graffiti - here today, gone tomorrow. We all know that graffiti is temporary. The transient nature of street art means it’s at risk of being scrubbed out and easily lost forever. But long after the paint has faded from the walls, technology can step in to preserve this important part of a city’s culture. I hope this blog post will rekindle an appreciation for the artists who once helped to paint our city into an even more beautiful juxtaposition of old and new.
Last month at Eminent Plaza, a group of graffiti artists had obtained permission to paint graffiti on the walls, in a project aptly titled “An Eminent Takeover”. The group consists of local artists who were in the Singapore Biennale 2013 as well as graduates from Lasalle College of Arts and Nanyang Academy Fine Arts (NAFA). It’s an excellent use of a building that’s about to be demolished and allows the artists a space to express themselves through their artwork.
The Eminent Plaza used to house dubious spas, karaoke joints and was generally a rather sleazy place on the whole, while the food centre remained iconically. However the Eminent Takeover project allowed Singaporean artists to takeover the building before its demolition in October 2014, was definitely something unusual. I was very surprised to see how an abandoned old building was transformed into, with the effort of people and art. I am glad that i managed to check out this place one last time before it disappeared completely.
Street Art is not just about spray paint; its demonstrate the signature style of the artist. Let’s celebrate street art in whatever way we can living in Singapore.
I ever did a photography blog post titled "Street Art Gives Urban Life in Singapore A Facelift" on street art found in some parts of Singapore back in October 2012, you may want to have a recap on that by browsing this URL :
Street art may be temporary on our walls and sidewalks, but its beauty and vibrancy live on, on the web. Take a look and you’re sure to be bowled over by the variety of the urban canvas.