SINGAPORE - It may be difficult to appreciate street art when cars are driving past or parked by the kerbside, especially when it is a 40m-long mural .
But on Sunday morning (March 26), visitors had the rare chance to soak in an unobstructed view of artist Yip Yew Chong's soon-to-be finished work.
The art, painted on the back wall of the historic Thian Hock Keng Temple in Amoy Street, depicts the life of Singapore's early Hokkien immigrants.
As part of the Car-Free Sunday initiative, the street was among those closed off to vehicles, forming a 5.5km route for cyclists, pedestrians and joggers in the city centre.
Sunday's event was the programme's 11th instalment and participants welcomed the view of Mr Yip's work, which was commissioned by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan. It will be officially launched on April 13 as part of the Singapore Hokkien Festival.
Mr Pierre Chew, 44, an engineer, said: "When you try to take a photo on regular days, cars are always 'photo-bombing' your shot. You have to be careful of the traffic too."
Mr Yip, 48, a finance director, started painting the mural on Jan 30 and has spent 21 days working on it. He expects to finish it with another three days of work.
The seven panels showcase the migration of Hokkiens from Fujian, their life and culture in Singapore, and their contributions towards the nation's development.
Mr Yip, who specialises in nostalgic heritage scenes, said: "Just like me reading from the (history) books, and now presenting it on the wall, (I hope) people learn about the history of this area, which I found very interesting."
Car-Free Sunday also featured a 1.5km walk by the National Kidney Foundation and a picnic at Telok Ayer Square, among various fringe activities.