Holland Village - Location: Blks 12, 11 and 13 (6 walls), wet Market at Blk 45-47, Junction at Chip Bee Garden and Holland V, and the Senior Citizens Corner (2 walls). Duration = 6 months Jan-Jun 2016
Commonwealth Dec 2016 Duration = 4,5 days Location: entrance of Long John Silver. 2 walls
Junction of Chip Bee & Holland V end July 2017 - 3.5 days on at the larger 'parrot' wall outside Chip Bee Garden.
Total = 12 walls
This series started after the Banda project in Chinatown, and it's upon the request of Member of Parliament Mr Chan Chun Sing who graced the official opening at Banda that he asked if I was keen to color and paint some blocks at Zone D in Holland V which is his constituency. I answered unequivocally with a Yes! not knowing the extent of the project...
I explored the entire place from Blocks 12, 11, and 13 one day and selected the largest walls on both sides of each block making it a total of 6 walls with Block 12 as the most prominent one facing the main road and not far from where Cold Storage is. It's a bohemian neighbourhood where expats live side by side with locals most of whom had been living there for 40 years... I studied a bit of the history as I always do before I do any walls that maybe special for that constituency. I realised that the name Holland was named after a Dutch architect who lived there and there were expats with their children studying in schools in the past where the present day Chip Bee Gardens blocks are.
My first wall at Block 12 was a gate that I painted live at Fort Canning and thought that it would blend in with the seats and chairs by the wall making it look like a park. As the wall is just by the Senior Citizens Corner that I had included a grandfather with his grandchild (which is a metaphor or me really as a child with my grandpa whom I hardly knew as he passed on when I was just two).