Singapore’s Hidden Gems: Public Art

Need to up your Instagram game? Here are the best public (read: free) spots to appreciate some art.

Ripple Root Mural at The Straits Clan

31 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089845

Local artist duo Ripple Root might be known for their famous mural by poké hotspot Loloku, but their newer mural at The Straits Clan is worth checking out too. The botanical-inspired mural is a whimsical addition to the tastefully-designed cafe area at the club, and safe to say, everything about it is Instagram #goals.

(Source: Straits Clan)

Jaume Plensa‘s SOUL

Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315

Created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, SOUL is a steel sculpture that artfully combines Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil characters to form a seated man. Bet you’ve walked past the sculpture before, but never realised that eh?

(Source: Jaume Plensa)

Pacita Abad‘s Singapore Art Bridge

Across the Singapore River along Havelock Road (near Robertson Quay).

The late Pacita Abad, a Filipina artist, injected life into what was once a dull and grey bridge along the famous Singapore River. With a riot of circles and bright colours, the Singapore Art Bridge (also known as Alkaff Bridge) pretty much looks like its been plastered with vibrant ’60s-style wallpaper. The perfect spot for an #OOTD, if we do say so ourselves.


Tell Your Children Mural at The Substation

45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

Painted by local artist duo Tell Your Children, the McDonald’s-inspired mural outside The Substation is packed with attitude, wit and plenty of colours. The perfect backdrop to ‘gram your food, perhaps?

(Source: The Substation Facebook)

Kumari Nahappan‘s Nutmeg and Mace

ION Orchard, Level 1 outdoor atrium, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801

If you’ve ever walked past ION Orchard, you would probably have seen a gigantic sculpture of a nutmeg. While the bronze sculpture looks completely out of place against the futuristic architecture of Orchard Road’s swankiest mall, there is actually some historical significance to the art piece – before the designer boutiques and bustling crowds descended upon what is now ION Orchard, the space was actually a nutmeg plantation in the 19th century. You learn something new everyday huh?

(Source: National Arts Council)

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