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Singapore: Discover More with These Art Walking Tours

Whether the dazzling Little India, the colonial Civic District or the futuristic-looking quarter around Marina Bay - there is no question about it: Singapore has a lot of architecture and art to offer. We introduce you to walks that not only get you to know the city better, but also works of art in a wide variety of styles

Civic District: On the trail of Singapore's history

If you want to get an insight into Singapore's cultural heritage, you can follow the so-called Civic District Art Trail and pass various works of art and buildings as well as the city's most important monuments in around an hour's walk. The starting point is the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. At the corner of the famous Orchard Road, the first work of art on the trail is already standing: the brass sculpture Endless flow by the Singaporean artist Tan Teng Kee, of whom a second work can be seen in the Civic District. Around the Victorian-style building of the National Museum of Singapore, various publicly accessible works of art are lined up, such as the huge chilli pepper sculpture, which stands for the mixture of different cultures in Singapore and was created by the artist Kumari Nahappan.

The Sculpture Garden also has a fairly high density of outdoor works of art. All five member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN for short; they include the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) each donated a sculpture for the park. For more works of art, take the train from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station to the City Hall stop. All around, the center of the Civic District opens up, in which many historical buildings can be found, for example the magnificent building of the former Supreme Court on St Andrew's Road or the former parliament building, which can be recognized by the bronze elephant statue in front of the entrance . Anyone who has now got a taste for it can walk past the elephant statue into the building itself. The Arts House is one of the city's most important art spots.

Little India: Discover the street art of the microcosm

Fans of expressive and fast-moving art should embark on a journey of discovery through Little India. The district is considered to be one of the liveliest and most creative in the city. Especially in the smaller alleys between Serangoon Road and Bukit Timah Road, large-scale, sometimes socially critical wall paintings can be found. The largest so-called Murial is called Working Class Hero and comes from the local artist Zero. It adorns the house wall at 11 Hindoo Road. The mural depicts the hard life of an immigrant in Singapore Madan Morga, Jasmine of the City on Chander Road. A few steps further, flowers and cows adorn the wall at number 67 on Kerbau Road. It's the work of art Cattleland II by Eunice Lim, who also left the brush to the residents when designing it. Indian dances and fairy tales are the protagonists of the colorful work of art on 86 Serangoon Road.

Two new works were created on this street as part of this year's Art Week. Makara von Zero can be admired diagonally across from the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. A full-length graphic novel drawing showing an Indian-born food delivery company can be found on the corner of Hindoo Road. More discoveries can often be made along Clive Street.

Marina Bay: Experience art right on the water

The most famous bay in Singapore is also one of the best viewpoints on the skyline of the metropolis. The entire area around the bay is best explored on foot and offers new perspectives on the silhouette of the city as well as on architecturally interesting buildings such as the Marina Sands Bay. If you are not only looking for architecture, you will find some interesting works of art in Marina Bay, some by well-known artists such as Roy Lichtenstein. But first start by trying your luck at the Fountain of Wealth. The fountain on Temasek Boulevard is considered to be one of the largest of its kind in the world, and it is said to bring good luck if you walk around it. The bronze sculptures on the fountain basin symbolize the different animals of the Chinese zodiac and come from the local sculptor Han Sai Por.

A few minutes' walk further on the Millenia Walk is the large, colorful commissioned work by Roy Lichtenstein. Six brushstrokes belongs to the last works of the star artist. The next art object in front of the Hotel Pan Pacific Singapore looks completely different, less colorful but still striking. The filigree stainless steel figure is the work of the American Lin Emery, who is known for her kinetic sculptures. A large mythical creature, half lion and half fish, watches over the mouth of the Singapore River at Merlion Park a few steps further. The figure alludes to the founding history of the city and is a popular photo motif. The work, on the other hand, is futuristic Progressive flow from Han Sai Por, which is very close to the One Marina Boulevard skyscraper. The total of six granite blocks are designed so that visitors can rest on them while looking at them.

Orchard Road: perfectly combining art and shopping

Orchard Road is considered to be one of the most dazzling streets in Singapore. Skyscrapers, modern shops and lots of lights form the backdrop of the popular shopping street. Thanks to several freely accessible installations, shopping can be combined with art here. A total of 13 works of art can be admired around Orchard Road. The elegant Hotel Regent Singapore is the ideal starting point. The first work of art is already splashing here: the fountain of harmony, designed by the sculptor Stephanie Scuris.

Four more works of art follow on Tanglin Road, three alone in front of the St. Regis Singapore. Above all, the installation is worth mentioning Mother & Child by the late sculptor Ng Eng Teng in front of the Orchard Parade Hotel. Before going to the ION Orchard shopping center, you can take a snapshot of the three dancing figures by Kumari Nahappan at the main entrance. Directly opposite in front of the Paragon are sculptures that are reminiscent of cave paintings. Two of Singapore's most famous freely accessible works of art are now just a stone's throw away. The sculpture is just 200 meters from Somerset MRT station LOVEdesigned by pop art icon Robert Indiana. Immediately next to it is a bronze statue of Sun Yu-li in the name Dancer hears.