The piece in this underpass may well be my favorite, despite it’s damaged condition. (We can see clearly that it is sticker art that has been ripped of on various places. Too bad…)
It is a commissioned piece by a very interesting and talented Singaporean collective of street artists: RSCLS.
The work is strong, powerful, historical, political and opinionated. And it’s beautiful on top of all that.
Here is what they say about it themselves:
“Commissioned Inaugural Wall
RSCLS -[ras-kuhl]: Propagating acts of artistic nonsense through open uninhibited random collaborations and discourse. RSCLS seeks discourse and disharmony through acts of random artistic collaborations and union. Discourse and disharmony is achieved when each individual artist is placed in a manner of discomfort. With each artist in RSCLS coming from a different background and artistic journey, RSCL’s union is perilous, laden with attention deficiency and random anarchy. This unholy dynamism fuels RSCL’s thirst to achieve a singularity through art. RSCL uses pop, politics, society, culture and the urban landscape as the language for a journey that leads to no particular destination.
Elgin Bridge, South Bridge Road
The piece brings characters that have played an important role in the building of Singapore’s history to the fore – through conscious and collective hard work. These characters are recognised not by identity but by their collective contribution. Through sheer hard work, this collective built the foundation of history upon which the present state of Singapore stands.
A parallel is drawn to the present, where the many in business suits of our current labour force form a new metaphorical building of Singapore, still driving the city with the equivalent hard work; and individual identity remains seemingly insignificant in comparison to the collective contribution.”
Here is the rest of the pictures; enjoy!
So now you have seen three underpasses with three different works. Which one is your favorite?