A small section of Everton Road has become memory lane. An amah, or housemaid, handwashes her kebayas and sarongs in a metal tub. Around the corner, a boy reads an Old Master Q comic while drinking Green Spot, as another gets an old-school haircut. Coffee in a Milkmaid can ” hangs” from a pipe.
The lifelike images of Singapore’s past are the work of Mr Yip Yew Chong, 46, who has lived near Everton Road and walked along that same road every day for about 20 years.
He was inspired last year after seeing the murals in Kampong Glam painted by Mr Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithuanian whose street art in George Town, Penang, has become a tourist attraction.
But the self-taught artist started thinking seriously about his own project only after he quit his accountant job three months ago to pursue other interests.
Singapore’s street art is mostly found on the sides of shophouses or in alleyways. Here are several places to go:
•Jalan Klapa and Jalan Pisang, near Victoria Street
•Junction of Joo Chiat Terrace and Everitt Road
•Junction of Bukit Timah Road and Anamalai Avenue
•Alley between The Substation and the Peranakan Museum in Armenian Street