Have you ever passed by a HDB flat painted with murals?
There are quite a few such blocks in Singapore; the most famous ones are probably the Hougang rainbow block and the Khatib flat with paintings of giant kites. Not always visually pleasant to everyone, these HDB murals, however, help to add a touch of uniqueness to certain blocks and make them stand out among the rest.
Standing opposite the Khatib MRT Station, it is unlikely that one will miss this prominent block with its four gigantic murals of kites.
Location: Block 838, Yishun Street 81
The rainbow block has been an iconic fixture along Hougang Avenue 7 since the early eighties.
Location: Block 316, Hougang Avenue 7
Location: Block 609, Bedok Reservoir Road
Commuters on the SMRT East-West Line used to see this adorable Cupid mural when their trains passed by Block 210 of Jurong East. Painted in 2005, the mural no longer exists today after the block underwent an upgrading program a few years back.
Location: Block 210, Jurong East Street 21
Since 1981, Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ has been chosen as the national flower of Singapore, so it is natural to see them used as representative murals on some of the old HDB flats, such as the ones at Tanjong Pagar Plaza and Yishun. The orchid murals, however, had been removed when the blocks were given fresh coats of painting in recent years.
Location: Block 2, 4 & 5, Tanjong Pagar Road
Location: Block 740, Yishun Avenue 5
Location: Block 790 & 798, Yishun Ring Road
Location: Block 796, Yishun Ring Road
Trees of Life
Location: Block 800 & 804, Yishun Ring Road
Another tree mural can be found on a HDB block at Hougang. It belongs to a cluster of four identical blocks that are painted with symbols and pictures representative of Singapore. These include attap houses, public housing, racial harmony, Merlion and the national flag.
Location: Block 661, 662, 665 & 667, Hougang Avenue 4
Location: Block 917 & 923, Hougang Avenue 9
Playing sports is a good way to keep a healthy lifestyle, and football, tennis and cycling are some of the favourite sports here in Singapore.
Location: Block 855, Yishun Ring Road
Location: Block 858, Yishun Ring Road
Location: Block 309, Hougang Avenue 5
Painted at the ground floor, instead of the top level, of Block 105D of Edgefield Plains, the murals depict the former appearances of Punggol, when it was still a rustic and peaceful fishing village before the eighties.
Location: Block 105D, Edgefield Plains
Published: 23 March 2014
Anyone rem the F n N bottle at the block at Havelock road?
Blk 50…How to forget? Gone is the old f&n factory and the fringe carpark.
I love your blog. Singapore is very special to me so to see such wonderful and stereotypical Singapore sights brings a tear to my eye.
Some of our HDB blocks are crying out for a Ernest Zacharevic.
Reblogged this on Tempted To Love.
Nice Panda Murals at the void deck of Block 33 Bedok South Avenue 2, shared by Peter W Stubbs during his recent visit to Singapore
(Photo credit: Peter W Stubbs)
Building castles in the air?
The huge castle mural created by Chung Khiaw Bank at Block 54 Toa Payoh Lorong 5 in 1969
(Photo source: Facebook Group “Nostalgic Singapore”)
105 HDB blocks to become works of art
July 6, 2015
SINGAPORE — The facades of 105 Housing and Development Board (HDB) blocks across the island will be adorned with works of art as part of the PAssionArts Festival this year.
The facade art, including banners painted by residents, will be the centrepiece of this year’s festival, after a successful experiment with two blocks by festival organisers, the People’s Association (PA), last year.
The theme for this year’s PAssionArts Festival, which runs from Sunday (July 12) to Aug 30, is “We Love Singapore”. Residents will be able to participate through pre-festival workshops to create the artworks, and the PA involved about 50,000 of them this year, a sharp increase from the 18,000 residents involved last year.
The festival will also feature artworks on water as well as various performing arts events.
Said PA chief executive director Mr Ang Hak Seng: “We hope to bring residents together to express their love for the country and develop their love for Singapore as a whole.”
A familiar sight for many Singaporeans…..
painted murals on several blocks at Tampines Street 41
Hi are these paintings still around on the flats? Do have any updates of any HDB blocks with murals. Thanks!