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Renowned Singaporean artist Yip Yew Chong recently embarked on a transformative artistic journey to the vibrant city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, responding to an invitation to adorn its walls with his signature colourful murals. This endeavour marked his inaugural visit to the southern state, a significant ancestral ground for many Singaporean and Malaysian Tamil communities.

During his 1½-week stay in Coimbatore, Mr. Yip meticulously crafted a monumental mural spanning 15m by 14m on the walls of a residential building in the Ukkadam township. Drawing inspiration from the bustling scenes of daily life surrounding him, the mural vividly portrays local vignettes, including a drinks vendor pouring tea and a woman preparing the traditional rice and lentil pancake, thosai.

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Mr. Yip's artistic process was infused with interactions with the local community, bridging cultural and linguistic barriers through the universal language of art. Collaborating with a typographer, he incorporated Tamil script into the mural, alongside the inviting phrase, "Come, let's eat," echoing the warmth of hospitality pervasive in the city's culinary culture.

Throughout his creative endeavour, Mr. Yip's immersive experience extended beyond the confines of his canvas, as he savoured the culinary delights of Coimbatore, relishing traditional Indian specialties served on banana leaves. His interactions with residents, guided by translators and shared passions, enriched his artistic narrative, with impromptu contributions from passers-by infusing authenticity into his portrayal of local life.

This endeavour was made possible through an invitation from the St+art India Foundation, underscoring Mr. Yip's ongoing collaboration with the organization in fostering artistic exchange and cultural dialogue. As he continues to pursue his artistic passion, the power of art in action through Mr. Yip's remarkable journey, showcasing the ability to create connections and bridge divides.

Source / Image Credit : Straitstimes, Yip Yew Chong Facebook page