Graffiti At the Somerset MRT Skate-Park

BradleyLife in Singapore5 Comments

The most used entrance and exit for the Somerset MRT station is the one that opens into the new 313 @ Somerset mall.  Even before that mall was there, that entrance was still the most used since it opened onto Orchard Road, which is the main shopping strip in Singapore.  I actually never even knew there was another entrance and exit until I was directed to go back into that area to find an iPhone armband for jogging at the SingTel store.

The area that surrounds that MRT entrance is very green, with tall trees and lots of grass. There’s also a skate park there.  It has half-pipes, rails and ramps, at least that I noticed.  It looked like a good place for people to hang out.  The idea of skateboarding there wasn’t what caught my attention though; it was the graffiti.

Graffiti isn’t something you see in Singapore all that much to start with, and you definitely don’t see graffiti of the quality that’s on display in this skate park.  As we passed by I snapped a few shots.

I don’t have a problem with graffiti.  I think it’s pretty cool, as long as it’s tastefully done on public areas, rather than people’s businesses or personal property.  It’s a great method of self expression and goes a long way towards cultivating artistic talents.

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Brad F.

Very true. Intent has to be taken into consideration. I think the problem in the US with graffiti is that it's associated with gangs and gang violence. There are actual graffiti artists that try to make something tasteful that people will appreciate but they're far outnumbered by the number of people who use spray paint to just make a mess of things.

Brad F.

Very true. Intent has to be taken into consideration. I think the problem in the US with graffiti is that it's associated with gangs and gang violence. There are actual graffiti artists that try to make something tasteful that people will appreciate but they're far outnumbered by the number of people who use spray paint to just make a mess of things.

YUN ZHEN!
Singapore has designated areas for people to graffiti which is pretty cool. The Straits Times did an article a long long time back and it was a pretty interesting article talking about the young kids who do these graffiti and their unspoken code and stuff like that. I think it's a good thing to strike a balance between maintaining clean walls and letting people express themselves through graffiti. Anyway, most of the time in Singapore, the graffiti is more like an artwork than actual vandalism so I think it adds to the landscape rather than take away from it. Even… Read more »
Sbk

hey i know its 4 years later but do you happen to know know where these “designated areas” are? thanks!

YUN ZHEN!
Singapore has designated areas for people to graffiti which is pretty cool. The Straits Times did an article a long long time back and it was a pretty interesting article talking about the young kids who do these graffiti and their unspoken code and stuff like that. I think it's a good thing to strike a balance between maintaining clean walls and letting people express themselves through graffiti. Anyway, most of the time in Singapore, the graffiti is more like an artwork than actual vandalism so I think it adds to the landscape rather than take away from it. Even… Read more »
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