A Walk Back in Time

Location: Tunnel at Clarke Quay (directly to the right exit from Clarke Quay MRT) in collaboration with various artists

Total walls = 8

Year: July / August 2013

It was my first time painting on such a large 'canvas' when I drew the lion.  I  felt exhilarated.  It was a feeling that can't be described and I felt so happy during the process.  Never would I have thought I would come this far as I never intended to do murals.  After all, they are not small and takes a lot of physical work and bearing the weather etc to do them.  But it seems this was the path opened to me since.  From thereon, there was no stopping...You get passersby walking and the traffic was good. There was a busker who would take up position and sing in the night.  According to one artist who stayed late, there are drunks walking by too. I would come by in the evenings after work to help out.  

 The Coolie.  Our other national builders back then. Gotta also give credit to these hard working men who came from China aside from the women from Samsui province China. 

The Coolie.  Our other national builders back then. Gotta also give credit to these hard working men who came from China aside from the women from Samsui province China. 

 This time it's a message about preserving the environment.  A Russian photographer Victor Boudioukine commented that this looks like the young Putin. and someone said it resembled a little like me with the hair style.  

This time it's a message about preserving the environment.  A Russian photographer Victor Boudioukine commented that this looks like the young Putin. and someone said it resembled a little like me with the hair style.  

 I started her on this wall but sadly, it was vandalised. A drunkard came one night and washed it over with a paint that was around.  Guess for public places like this, we have to keep all paints away...especially when it's new a pub area...Hence the painting of her in Chinatown.  I consider this one the elder sister of the two. 

I started her on this wall but sadly, it was vandalised. A drunkard came one night and washed it over with a paint that was around.  Guess for public places like this, we have to keep all paints away...especially when it's new a pub area...Hence the painting of her in Chinatown.  I consider this one the elder sister of the two. 

 A look at the tunnel as you enter - coming from the MRT Station 

A look at the tunnel as you enter - coming from the MRT Station 

 Me at work adding more women at work but in smaller sizes after the Big Sister was done 

Me at work adding more women at work but in smaller sizes after the Big Sister was done 

 As we were nearing National Day, the client wanted us to depict Singapore History.  Hence the image of The Queen but later I saw that the other painters added a local twist by drawing her holding onto a cup of teh Tarik (LOL!) This is what collaboration is about when you do not have full ownership of the wall and picture. 

As we were nearing National Day, the client wanted us to depict Singapore History.  Hence the image of The Queen but later I saw that the other painters added a local twist by drawing her holding onto a cup of teh Tarik (LOL!) This is what collaboration is about when you do not have full ownership of the wall and picture. 

 Below this pic was a boat that was added collecting thrash from the river (LoL). Again, another message on environment preservation.  This was influenced from a trip in Bali I had earlier on and decided to draw a bridge over.  Does this look familiar in another wall somewhere? (clue: it's in Chinatown).

Below this pic was a boat that was added collecting thrash from the river (LoL). Again, another message on environment preservation.  This was influenced from a trip in Bali I had earlier on and decided to draw a bridge over.  Does this look familiar in another wall somewhere? (clue: it's in Chinatown).

 Here's a sketch as it was not fully completed when this was pic was taken.  I think the other artists added more stuff on this pic. It's showing life back then when clothes were washed by hand. 

Here's a sketch as it was not fully completed when this was pic was taken.  I think the other artists added more stuff on this pic. It's showing life back then when clothes were washed by hand. 

 My V V First Wall (no kid!). My son commented that at least it doesn't look like the Singapura lion we see in our school textbooks which are only black lines (LoL).  My version looks more 'unlocal' I guess. 

My V V First Wall (no kid!). My son commented that at least it doesn't look like the Singapura lion we see in our school textbooks which are only black lines (LoL).  My version looks more 'unlocal' I guess.