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Sep 25, 2006

MURALS ON HDB BLOCKS

As our country is busy branding itself to the rest of the world as a country with an unique blend of cultures and modernity, nothing says 'Uniquely Singapore' as much as our HDB flats.

No doubt our country's public housing system has been a very successful one. One that is the envy of many other foreign countries. One that is constantly improving, whether in terms of the quality of built or aesthetics (just look at some of the HDB flats in newly developed areas like Punggol and Sengkang - they look like condominiums!). And the good news is: as newly-built blocks go up, the older ones are not left out. These older buildings also being aggressively upgraded and maintained so as to keep up with the times. And on that note, the results of such makeovers are largely a matter of personal preference.

For me, I have been pretty happy with what the government is doing to some of those older HDB blocks. I'm glad that they are trying to make these buildings more barrier-free and elderly-friendly. I'm glad that they've decided to incorporate lifts that stop on every floor into many of these buildings. But the one thing that I'm not sure I like are those large-scale murals on many of these older blocks. Call it a 'facelift' if you want, but is that really an enhancement? I don't know. Granted, there's some interesting ones (see image - I passed by this block one day and decided to snap it as the mural looked not too bad), but there are just too many which I'm not particularly wowed over by.

But thinking about it, I do understand the intentions. What better way to add colours and a bit of visual interest to our concrete forest? And what better way than to do it with our country's 'pride and joy'? In a little modern city like Singapore, if you can't get much natural scenics and destination spots, this is as good as it gets. As what I've said before, it's all a matter of preference - someone's bound to like it. Just that that someone is not me.

What about you? Do you like it? Do drop me a note or leave a comment on what you think.

Stan

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3 comments: on "MURALS ON HDB BLOCKS"

Rose said...

they don't look too bad lah...I think some of the murals are very beautiful...ought to give the artists some crfedit man...

xyz said...

jeez...that looks gross

jenny said...

yes, my block also has these murals. i personally dun like them too. i think they are a little distracting and unattractive. but there's not a lot we can do rite?