Murals of Singapore that move and bring back old memories | The A List
Fans of muralist Yip Yew Chong can enjoy seven of his wall paintings on a single LED wall at the National Museum of Singapore (Photo: Victoria Loh)

Murals of Singapore that move and bring back old memories | The A List

Lovers of local mural art can now enjoy works by popular muralist Yip Yew Chong in just one spot. Seven of his murals, located island-wide, have been turned into a digital work, Moving Memories, which is displayed on an LED wall at the National Museum of Singapore.

The murals, depicting life in old Singapore neighbourhoods such as Chinatown and Tiong Bahru, have been stitched together to form a continuous moving image. It is akin to a digital scroll painting, complete with music playing in the background to evoke the sounds of Singapore’s heritage.

Each scene includes details from Yip’s memories and experiences of life in those neighbourhoods. Here are our three favourite murals from the collection:

Street Barber
Original location: 39 Everton Road
Before salons or affordable $10 express haircuts became popular, street barbers were the norm. Yip recreates the back alley office of the hairdressers vividly, complete with a tarpaulin shelter, an old-school barber chair and hairstyling tools on a trompe l’oeil ledge. This scene used to be a common sight in Chinatown where Yip grew up.

Coffee Story
Original location: 29 Sultan Gate
This mural of a coffee shop from bygone years shows how things were done then. Many stalls still make local coffee, or kopi, and toast much the same way, minus the use of firewood. But it is hard to find outlets that roast coffee beans onsite using a hand-cranked tin drum. This atmospheric scene will make you want to head to the nearest coffee shop for an old-fashioned cuppa and kaya toast.

Original location: Block 73 Eng Watt Street
Tiong Bahru used to be a food haven even before fancy cafes and hip eateries moved into the estate in the last decade. This mural, of street hawkers, is an homage to Tiong Bahru’s gastronomic roots. Yip snuck a reference to his favourite hawker food, laksa, in the mural; it is sold by the makeshift stall depicted in the mural.

In view of the COVID-19 situation, if you are unwell, do avoid public spaces and contact with others, and seek medical attention. Let us continue to maintain good personal hygiene, stay healthy, keep calm and look after one another.

Details about Moving Memories here.

We can’t wait to share more awesome content with you. This is going to be so much fun.

Give us a heads up on the topics that interest you: