The making of a new wall mural in Singapore
A mural design by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts student Isabel Lim will greet passers-by at the Aliwal Arts Centre this year. (Photo: Aliwal Arts Centre)

The making of a new wall mural in Singapore

Visitors to Kampong Glam will be greeted by a bright pop of colour at Aliwal Arts Centre later this year. An exterior wall of the Centre will be covered with a vibrant mural by 18-year-old student Isabel Lim.

The design by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts student came out tops in an open call for mural designs, organised by the Centre last year. The contest aims to give young, aspiring street artists a platform to express their creativity.

Participants had to submit a mural design with a QR code creatively incorporated in the artwork. The grand prize winner gets to be mentored by the well-known Singapore street art collective RSCLS (pronounced “rascals”), and have his mural featured on a wall at the Centre.

Lim’s mural, titled In A Perfect Nation, depicts animals in different habitats – air, water and land, co-existing harmoniously in the same space. She hopes the mural will move viewers to care for nature and wildlife.

The design was inspired by encouraging news last year about how the global stay-home order, due to the pandemic, had helped to rejuvenate wildlife and the environment. Lim says: “I wanted viewers to see my vibrant mural and be reminded that beauty exists even in challenging times like the pandemic.”

On winning the competition, she says: “I feel excited and extremely honoured. I have always admired RSCLS’s work as it is always so vibrant and bold. I hope that with my win, fellow young and upcoming street artists will be inspired and unafraid to let their voices be heard through their art.”

Learn more about the mural open call Aliwall – The Side Showcase here.

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