Singapore’s Hall of Fame gets street artists to camouflage construction
17 muralists worked together to make a 230-meter open-air gallery in Kampong Gelam
On Bali Lane and Ophir Road in the colorful Kampong Gelam district of Singapore, there are five-meter tall noise barriers that have been erected to keep the sound of construction to a minimum for residents. Instead of being eyesores, the Tourism Board and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore decided to make Hall of Fame, the largest open-air gallery on these two streets, which covers more than 230 meters. Hall of Fame was officially launched on April 28, with 17 artists working together to make murals that add color and vibrancy to an already lively area.
On Bali Lane, with a nod to the history of Kampong Gelam but looking into the future, Constant Elevation is a mural by Jaba, Hegira, and ANTZ. The red-roofed shophouses overlook Jaba’s flying city, while Hegira’s Arabic calligraffiti is splashed nearby ANTZ’s animals. Another great mural is Slacsatu’s Sidecar, depicting the experience of riding in one that is an attraction to locals and tourists alike.
In the other part of Hall of Fame on Ophir Road, other work from ANTZ is on display. Slacsatu’s Betta Fish, which may be the most beautiful mural in the Hall of Fame, is there, too. Local Graffiti Monsters by AshD and NOEZ23 is another stunning piece of work showing what local warriors would be like if they had graffiti cans instead of swords.
Like graffiti walls, Hall of Fame will be periodically changing. Soon, visitors will be able to scan QR codes to learn more about each mural as well as do a self-guided tour of the whole open-air gallery.