A Migrant Mural

A Migrant Mural – Art for Social Change

From the 16th to the 19th of March, 2017, students and staff of the National University of Singapore (NUS) were invited to pick up a paintbrush on their way to/from class and fill in an empty spot of their choice on a 2.0 x 2.4 metre plywood structure in Town Plaza, University Town. As the days progressed, more people coloured the outlines in, and a pastel mural took form. Though it only took 4 days for the mural to adopt full colour, the Migrant Mural is a collaboration that has been underway since November 2015. The piece was conceptualised by Yati, WiWi, Dipu, Glory-Ann, and Nora – five migrant workers from various demographics who spent a couple of Sundays with A’shua Imran (Artistic Director) and Martha Adelia (Designer) – artists from Mural Lingo, and Deesha Menon – the head of this event.

Over these sessions, they read their poetry, shared stories from home, spoke about what was important to them, and expounded on their experiences as migrants in a nation that regards them as merely transient. The result is a mural that aims to reflect these migrant workers, both in spirit and identity, amongst various other things that make them far more than just fleeting workers. The idea was to leverage on art, as a blatant visual form, to speak to people in ways that academia often cannot. Be it a single brushstroke or an afternoon’s worth of painting, we all have a part to play when it comes to incorporating migrant identities into our physical environment and collective consciousness.

Our project featured in The Straits Times, Singapore

Our project featured in The Straits Times, Singapore

Initial meeting with the workers at NUS (National University Singapore).

Initial meeting with the workers at NUS (National University Singapore).

To be updated on future Migrant Workers Awareness Week (MWAW) programs, visit:

 https://web.facebook.com/MWAWeek/

 

Nostalgia at Active Global Senior Care Centre

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Active Global is a community of specialised caregivers for specific needs in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shang Hai. One of the many services they provide is affordable professional home care solution for the elderly. 

Active Global commissioned Mural Lingo to paint murals at both their senior care centres at Ghim Moh Edge and Telok Blangah ParcView. Their intention was to make the space appear vibrant and welcoming for the elderly. With that goal in mind, they curated the rooms to be engaging and filled with equipment that kept the seniors entertained and healthy.

The overall theme of the murals was nostalgia from the 1940s to 1990s of Singapore. We painted landscapes of the city together with realistic portraits of people next to installations of notable artefacts from that era. The design was based on research done on the architecture then and the story of Sang Nila Utama, with inspiration from the George Town murals.

While times are fast changing in our city where buildings are reconstructed too frequently, our aim with this theme was to bring them back to the old days to reminisce and relive their fondest memories. 

 

Active Global Senior Care @ Ghim Moh Link


Active Global Senior Care @ Telok Blanjah

Educational Programs

Broadrick Secondary School – Team building workshop x educational mural

Mural Lingo Academy, our educational arm, focuses on developing new paradigms in social learning and education where creativity is encouraged to be integrated to our daily lives. Considering how Singapore is deemed an active "art hub", there are countless activities and shows pertaining the arts happening all year round but most schools and students are not holistically involved or even feel the need to be. We cannot deny or shy away from the notion of how the world is moving at such blistering speed and that we need to move with it and so, does Art education. Especially Art education.

Conclusively, involving students and being pro-active in engaging and collaborating with communities outside of schools can not only add value to a student with a unique set of skill(s), but it will inculcate one to be a world ready youth. No matter how piffling. The focus should be the way in which we hope to capture the aforementioned. Perhaps it might start with a mural.

Attached here is the documentation from our team building mural workshops with students from Broadrick High School.


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Break the Silence

Break the Silence” was a community collaboration between various social service agencies - Whampoa Family Service Centre, Beyond Social Services & Family Violence Networking Workgroup - (that comprises of hospitals, police and other Voluntary Welfare Organisations in the Tanglin division) in the community and Mural Lingo.

As part of outreach efforts to raise awareness about Family Violence and to encourage the youths in particular to be active ambassadors of the message that 'Violence is Not OK' and that we can all be lifelines to promote safe families, schools and neighbourhoods. Artists from Mural Lingo collaborated with social workers in engaging youths (upper primary and secondary level) known to Beyond Social Services to facilitate discussions about how they can build safer families, schools and neighbourhoods - through 4 x creative sessions. Artistic tools such as painting, illustrating and crafting, were used as a fun and safe way to draw these conversations from the youths. 

Through the conversations, Mural Lingo co created a social painting installation that was displayed during the Outreach Event at Whampoa CC on 12 November 2017, inviting visitors to complete the paintings while raising awareness about 'family violence'. There were a projected crowd of 2000 pax during this half day roadshow.

This outreach event was an initiative by the Family Violence Regional Networking Workgroup comprising of social service professionals, Police and Healthcare professionals committed to addressing family violence issues within the Tanglin Division. 

 
 
 
 

City of Possibilities

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Live Mural at the Esplanade Bridge

The theme of Archifest 2017 was 'Building Agency', which saw people and communities empowered as active Agents of Change in the making of our urban environment. Embracing Singapore as a city which embodies the idea of 'Passion Made Possible', this mural created during the Archifest Ubran Mural: LIVE! workshop held on the weekend of Children's day, tells the story of two important Agents of Change, passion and our children. 

Members of the Public came together with artists and volunteers to conceive this 'City of Possibilities', a fantastical piece set to inspire our children to dream big, embrace their passion and shape the city with their stories.

The project was made possible with the following agents of change, 

Participants of Archifest Ubran Mural: LIVE! workshop

Together with: 

Young Architect's League (Singapore Institute of Architects), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Mural Lingo

Supported by: 

ARCHIFEST, National Parks, Civic District

Sailor Jerry

 
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Homeward Bound, Club St, Singapore

In today's media-saturated environment, it has become increasingly difficult for advertising agencies to grab the attention of their audience. Billboards and bus signs are easily ignored by the busy on-goer, and with the fast pace life of our globalised societies, there’s subsequently no time to take a second glance at the posters plastered over the city skyline. So, to put it simply, companies often need to find new and innovative methods to steal more than a glance from the public eye; they need to innovate and create campaigns that can highjack the attention of the viewer. That, in essence, is the concept of today's guerrilla marketing campaigns.

Guerrilla marketing is an unconventional form of advertising that is interactive, eye-catching and different from traditional forms of media. Originally invented by small companies with a limited advertising budget, today guerrilla marketing is applied to companies of any scale due to its impactful nature. It is far more cost effective than an average marketing operation and is able to draw a wider audience due to its zany appeal. Breaking conventional marketing barriers, creative studios like Mural lingo, are able to join the aesthetics of art with marketing to successfully carry out cost-effective guerrilla advertising campaigns.

In 2014, day workers and night crawlers alike were confronted by the towering sails of a painted ship, ‘homeward bound’, sailing across the walls of Club Street, in the heart of Singapore. This piece of art, commissioned by the Social Marketing Agency, GOODSTUPH, is a testimony to the ability of artists to provide a live and ephemeral form of marketing, which is both memorable and captivating.
The mural was commissioned as part of an advertisement campaign for Jerry Sailor Spiced Rum, on the exterior walls of Bar Naked. The painting of the mural itself required design approval from the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) and the creative dedication of 8 artists, over a period of 8 days.

With premium quality paints and preparation, these murals can last for as long as 10 years without fading or incurring any damage. In this sense, it is a consistent medium with more aesthetic and temporal value than conventional advertising. It’s elegance and form creates a more dynamic atmosphere with its audience, and when placed in the perfect location for the product, its impact is ten-fold as compared to traditional mediums. The outreach of the campaign is multiplied when the project is presented on social media platforms with professional documentation, through photography and time-lapse video highlights.

Machan's Kitchen

Machan’s Kitchen, a South Indian Restaurant that serves authentic Tamil cuisines from different regions of Tamil Nadu, asked us to design and paint a mural for the opening of their restaurant at 74 Race Course Road.

The theme of the mural was nostalgia. We used markers to draw the illustrations. 

Machan’s Kitchen wanted to create a nostalgic feeling for patrons when they recognise the many different famous and iconic objects and people on the walls. It was also done to spark conversations amongst them while dining in.

The project took two weeks to complete.

Commissioned for: Machan’s Kitchen

Organised by: Machan’s Kitchen

Art Direction by: A’shua Imran | Designed by: Santra Navas

@ 74 Race Course Road, Singapore

Deliveroo

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In April of 2017, Deliveroo launched its Deliveroo Editions kitchen at Tanjong Katong.

It is a delivery-only centralised kitchen that allows restaurant operators to use the space for delivery-only orders.

We were given the opportunity to paint the walls surrounding the area. It made the place stand out, ultimately attracting consumers.

The theme of the murals was of course about food and cooking. We also incorporated the iconic colours of the brand.

The project took a week to complete.

Commissioned for: Deliveroo

Organised by: Deliveroo

Art Direction by: A’shua Imran | Designed by: Santra Navas

@332 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore

Singapore Institute of Technology

 
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In 2017, we repainted the study hall at Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). The mural was a backdrop for students to conduct their group meetings and study at.

The theme of the mural was nature and environment. We created a 3D illusion and used warm colours to express tranquillity for the students that were using the space. 

The project took two weeks to complete.

Commissioned for: Singapore Institute of Technology

Organised by: Singapore Institute of Technology

Art Direction by: Luke Tan | Designed by: Santra Navas

@ 10 Dover Dr, Singapore Institute of Technology

Darts Legend

In 2016, Darts Legends, a place known for darts lovers to frequent and a host of many professional dart competitions, reached out to us to design and paint a mural for the opening of their new branch at SCAPE.

The theme of the mural was darts and surrealism. Incorporated were the colours and styles of various darts and dart boards, used to create a spiral illusion. 

The mural was hard to miss as it covered the entire wall and was right beside the dart playing areas.

The project took a week to complete.

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Commissioned for: Darts Legend

Organised by: Darts Legend

With the support from: SCAPE & NAC

Art Direction by: Luke Tan | Designed by: Martha Adelia

@ SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Mural Lingo has adopted the unique approach of facilitating CSR projects for corporations - large or small - that wish to make positive change, particularly to the causes their stakeholders feel passionately about. It is through collaborative efforts such as these seemingly simple goals that we can turn our society into a more caring and loving one.  

Over the past years, we have successfully organised and facilitated CSR projects for DBS, Dow Jones, Johnson & Johnson's, MAYBANK, OCBC, SingTel, Singapore Pools and Temasek Holdings.


OCBC CSR Mural @ MINDS Clinic Eunos, Singapore (2017)

 

Dow Jones CSR Mural @ Mountbatten Vocational School, Singapore (2017)

 

Johnson & Johnson's CSR Mural @ MINDS Woodlands Garden School, Singapore (2018)

 

Singapore Pools CSR Mural @ Children's society, Singapore (2018)

 

OCBC CSR Mural @ MINDS Faber, Singapore (2018)

 

MAYBANK CSR Mural @ MINDS Napiri, Singapore (2018)

 

DBS CSR Mural @ Lions Befrienders, Senior Activity Center, Singapore (2018-2019)

 

Temasek Holdings @ Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Singapore (2018)

 

KPMG Singapore, Team Building Mural (2018)

Fire Dance

In 2016, Mural Lingo won an open call for the National Arts Council of Singapore. We were given an area at SCAPE to paint on.

The theme of the mural was a fire dance as the area was meant to be a stage backdrop for dancers. All of the artwork in the mural was in the form of flames.

The project took a week to complete.


Organised by: SCAPE & NAC

With the support from: SCAPE & NAC

Art Direction by: A’shua Imran | Designed by: Martha Adelia

@ SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore

Art Walk Little India

 
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A Sailor's Guide to Little India

‘A sailor’s guide to Little India’ was a tribute to the rich Indian culture in Little India and other cultures that harmoniously share the space. Through the set of information gathered from research on little India, our team created a fabled map guiding sailors traveling across the sea towards the little India Island.

Influential and inspirational cultural landmarks, artworks and architecture were depicted in various segments of this imaginative map. The notion of cartography and identity were amongst the primary subject matters explored through the work. 

The project was conceptualised by A'shua Imran who worked with over 20 artist assistants to complete the mural in 11 days. The journey of these ‘voyagers’ is conceived to express the artist’s visions of our ancestors, who had taken similar voyages from India and other parts of the world to Singapore, in search of utopia.  A’shua Imran envisions our ancestors’ voyage to Singapore. The mural is designed from the perspective of an Indian sailor viewing the map and expresses the artist’s visions of our ancestors, who had taken similar voyages from various other parts of the world to Singapore in search of utopia.

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Commissioned for: 'ARTWALK Little India' , As part of the Singapore Art Week 2018

Organised by: LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore Tourism Board (STB),

With the support from: Little India Shopkeepers’ and Heritage Association (LISHA).

Concept by: A'shua Imran | Painted by: Mural Lingo & Crew

To find out more about the project, visit http://artwalklittleindia.sg/

Project EDEN

Project EDEN was initiated to empower autistic students by facilitating a mural art workshop where they learn about the basics of mural painting at their school. The development of this pilot program was to encourage more schools and centres for autistic people to impart the skills of wall painting to their students. The main people involved in the project were the teaching staff from Eden School, the students and the artists. Mural Lingo offered full creative support and co-sponsored the project to match the grant received from Life Long Learning Institute, Singapore.

On 29th June 2017, we had a meeting with the school’s principal, and art teacher to discuss the possibilities of having a mural painted at their premises and involving students in the painting process. We were interested in having the students learn skills that are transferrable to real life situations, such as learning to paint a wall. However given the nature of the students who have autism and learning difficulties, we were required to plan a system where they could learn the steps required for such a task, one at a time.

As the students were visual learners and communicators, a series of instructional images or videos were required to be developed to better facilitate their learning and take them through the steps. Through the guidance of the teachers, we facilitated the workshops in a systematic manner in an orderly environment and complete the program successfully over 4 weekly sessions between February - March 2018.

**The instructional documents attached below are free for download and use**


 

Garden Beats

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In March 2019, we worked with Garden Beats, Singapore’s first carbon-neutral Music & Picnic festival, to conduct a Social mural and Natural Pigment and Stencil workshops. We also made recycled art installations that were inspired by robots, with trolleys, tapes, ropes and cardboard that acted as trash bins for the public to throw their General, Paper and Plastic wastes into. This festival also marked the launch of the ‘Prawn Fish Moon’ children’s novel, along with other Prawn Fish Moon merchandises. This particular project is important to us as we greatly value being eco-friendly and is evident in our effort to take on as many green initiatives as we can.

Commissioned for: Garden Beats Festival ‘19

@ Fort Canning Park, River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037

 

For the Love of Paws

In 2018, we co-organised a social painting event with ‘Art For Good’, for our canine and feline friends in The Animal Lodge at Sungei Tengah.

‘Art For Good’ is a social enterprise that helps communities through art, art therapy and art enrichment programs and workshops.

Together with ‘Art for Good’, we aimed to brighten up and create a liven atmosphere for the workers and pets at The Animal Lodge. 

We invited our volunteers and artists to spend a weekend painting at the animal shelter.

The theme of the murals were cats and dogs.

All the paints and materials were fully sponsored by Mural Lingo.


Commissioned for: Animal Support

Organised by: Mural Lingo & Art for Good

With the support from: Volunteers from Mural Lingo & Art for Good

Concept by: Mural Lingo

@59 Sungei Tengah Rd, Singapore 699014

 

Sprouts

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Sprouts is a shadow art installation made with recycled materials that was also completed together with the ECHOES project at Google Singapore. Crumpled recycled papers were carefully composed to project the shadow image of ‘Android’ using the leaves surrounding it. The use of crumpled papers as the primary medium signified the progress of having many failed attempts/ideas that may not reach fruition until one becomes successful. It takes a series of underdeveloped ideas before one reaches its full potential. Every single idea, including the ones that did not mature, are equally significant and part of the process. 

Furthermore, we tapped into the environmentally conscious nature of Mural Lingo by using only recycled materials for this project and to directly address the pressing issues we are facing currently (i.e deforestation and the unnecessary use of paper).

The entire process of planning and preparations took a month, with the physical execution taking one week. In order to position the paper to form the shadow of the Android, we used trial and error, moving each ‘branches’ and ‘leaves’, bit by bit until the projection was perfectly lined up.

‘Sprouts’,  Shadow Art Installation @ Google Singapore (2018)

‘Sprouts’, Shadow Art Installation @ Google Singapore (2018)

‘Sprouts’,  Shadow Art Installation @ Google Singapore (2018)

‘Sprouts’, Shadow Art Installation @ Google Singapore (2018)

 

SINGAPORE RED CROSS

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Singapore Red Cross Community Mural: 70 Years of Humanitarian Service

Every element in this community mural tells a story of the myriad social services that the Singapore Red Cross provides to the country, the region and the wider global community. The visual is intended to holistically portray the homegrown humanitarian organisation’s enduring commitment to the vulnerable - the elderly, the severely disabled, the skipped generation, and those who fall through the cracks of social service - since 1949. 

 Besides its role in the national blood programe and in overseas disaster relief, which the brand is synonymous with, the Singapore Red Cross’ local humanitarian services are also depicted through illustrations that symbolise the Red Cross Home for the Disabled, Community FirstAid, ElderAid, Family LifeAid and TransportAid. Red Cross Youth and Red Cross Academy - represented by the child and the books – reflect the desire to be a centre for humanitarian studies, and the commitment to nurture humanitarian leaders of tomorrow. 

 The mural is conceptualised by artists from Mural Lingo, and jointly hand-painted by Singapore Red Cross volunteers and Singapore Polytechnic students.

About Red Cross House

The Red Cross House was designed by pioneering Singaporean architect and artist, the late Dr Ho Kok Hoe, originally as a two-storey building. It was officially opened in 1961 by the Republic’s first President, Yang di-Pertuan Negara Yusof bin Ishak, who was the Patron of the Singapore Red Cross. A third storey was added in the 1970s and the building was conserved in 2014.

“To us, the Singapore Red Cross represents the heart of our society, catalyses the best of humanity, and symbolises the blood that connects us all.” 

 

PSYCKAHOLICS

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Keeper’s Playground @ National Design Center, Singapore

 
 
 

EQUAL ARK

On 27 October 2018, with the help from our volunteers and artists, we painted four walls at Equal-Ark Singapore Ltd , a charity that rehabilitates youth, persons with special needs, families and the elderly with clinical depression and dementia through working with therapy horses. (www.equal.org.sg)

The project fully self-funded through our previous commissions. By engaging the services of Mural Lingo, every client directly contributes to the sustainability of our operations, development of our young artists and supporting our future community projects.

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Ice Cream Sundays

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Mural Lingo @ Ice Cream Sundays

Ice Cream Sundays, a Singapore based party collective, collaborated with us on more than one occasion to conduct Social Murals with the party people. They hold social gatherings on Sundays several times a year, over food, booze, music and (of course) ice cream, at different locations each time. Each session has its own unique theme (i.e space disco). These social mural events are vital as it gives everyone a chance to paint together and most importantly, have fun while painting.

If you are interested to find out more about our friends from Ice Cream Sundays, you may visit their page on Facebook!


Haw Par Thrilla @ Haw Par Villa, Singapore | 08 June ‘19

Space Disco @ DECK, Singapore | 24 March ‘19


Boogie at the Barracks @ Gillman Barracks, Singapore | 27 January ‘19

 

ECHOES

 
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Echoes is an interactive wall mural comprising of painting, visual projections, sound and 3D plaster reliefs. Applying the bold and distinct yet playful colour palette of Google to the notion of cartography that was used as the anchor of this mural, we developed an original design that invites viewers to take in and experience a selection of iconic scenes in the city through a multi-sensory encounter. By capturing the sights and sounds of our tropical modern city, we hope to communicate the living-breathing state of our environment and its influence on the thoughts, emotions and actions of its inhabitants. 

The development of the project was inspired and moulded by humankind’s divided relationship between the modern and manmade ‘concrete jungle’ that it finds itself in, and the natural environment that it finds itself increasingly distanced from. Many of us city-dwellers try to reconcile our perceived severed connection with nature, having forgotten the simple truth that we are inseparable from it - having been born from nature - that we are mere reflections and echoes of our environment, and vice versa.


VMware ASIA Mural Tour

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This Commission from VMware, a global leader in Cloud Infrastructure & Digital Workspace Technology, originating from Palo Alto, California, United States, was a monumental project for Mural Lingo as it was our first overseas opportunity to conduct Team building / CSR projects outside of Singapore. Besides Singapore, we got to paint their offices in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea.

While the nature of the project is similar to the ones we have done in Singapore, incorporating each country’s architectural elements into the design and also understanding their culture added great value to the project. The process of sourcing for the materials and engaging with the teams in the respective countries were all different. Each country had its own flow of operating; some had different kinds of paint and some paint shops were not as easily accessible as the rest. We encountered problems we did not expect to have. This gave us an opportunity to be more adaptive to change and work with new mediums / paints to complete our overseas commissions successfully.

Through this experience, not only did we manage to expand our network, but it also gave us the opportunity to learn about the culture of the country as a whole and also the local culture of each offices as well.

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VMware Singapore

VMware  Bangkok, Thailand

VMware Bangkok, Thailand

VMware  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

VMware Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

VMware  Jakarta, Indonesia

VMware Jakarta, Indonesia

VMware  Seoul, Korea

VMware Seoul, Korea

 

EARTH HOUR

 
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WWF Singapore (World Wildlife Fund Singapore) invited us to participate in the Earth Hour 2019, the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment. The aim for the year was to rally the local community and build a city that comes together as Conscious Citizens to drive major change For Nature.

We offered our support through the painting of a mural, showcased at the entrance of the ‘Nature’s Maze’, a multi-sensory maze to uncover the planet’s rapid loss of nature since the 1970s. The design of the mural had several nature elements with the phrase ‘Start your conscious citizen journey’ that incorporated with the theme. 

We also conducted our Natural Pigment & Painting workshop where we teach participants how to extract pigments from natural ingredients such as blue berry, raspberry, charcoal, strawberry, turmeric and more. The rationale behind this is to share the history and how painting was done back in ancient times. It also reminds us of how readily accessible paints are nowadays and makes us appreciate the hard labour that is involved in the process of making paint.

SAFRA

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In April of 2019, we painted near the entrance of the SAFRA Tampines swimming pool, squash courts and the gym. The design combined all the activities that SAFRA offers (Swimming, Badminton, Bowling, Track, etc.). It conveyed SAFRA’s main motive of encouraging everyone to embark on an active lifestyle. This project took the team 5 whole days to complete.


Shiseido

A 20 metre mural we painted with the team of SHISEIDO Singapore. The mural was located at the walkway leading up to their office. It spanned across 2 walls. For the design, it included their corporate mission statement, "Beauty innovations for a better world". The conceptual departure point revolved around 'diversity' and 'a better world'. Their aim was to visually express the acceptance of each individual's personal beliefs and ideologies as a core principle to living in harmony.


BOSCH

In May of 2019, we painted for BOSCH Singapore at their office in Bishan. The design was based on various up and coming BOSCH products paired with vibrant colours. The process felt like we were filling a page in a colouring book; The outlines were painted first before we coloured them in.


National Library Board Singapore

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In June of 2019, we participated in the National Library Read Fest 2019. We conducted a social mural where we painted 2 murals on a board, one in front and the other behind. The designs had space-themed elements that encouraged everyone to read. There was also a Prawn Fish Moon Booth where we showcased the Prawn Fish Moon children's novel along with other merchandise as well as colouring activities for the young ones.

99 Old Trees

In June of 2019, we were commissioned by 99 Old Trees to paint the interior of their shop for the durian season that year. The design included a durian farm along with animals that were commonly found there eating the fruits. They wanted the paintings to act as a narrative — bringing the durians fresh out from the farms.