In partnership with three young local artists, Lululemon Athletica (a technical apparel company) has commissioned a series of wall murals around Singapore titled Manifesto Found Art. Based on the Lululemon manifesto, the artwork is meant to inspire positivity in all who naturally encounter the artwork.
Each of the artists have chosen a quote from the manifesto which has inspired them, and then have painted them on 2 walls around the island and onto one bus, which will be on for three months.
“This is not your practice life, this is all that there is”
by Oak & Bindi at Haji Lane (on the wall of Buttons Up)
Lydia Yang, also known as Oak & Bindi, is a Visual Communications Illustration graduate from Temasek Polytechnic’s Design School in Singapore. Lydia has worked with companies such as Lululemon Singapore, Nike Singapore, Rockstar by Soon Lee, The Redundant Shop and is currently a part of the illustration collective Tell Your Children. Currently a freelance illustrator, her works range from commissioned paintings, book illustrations to event posters/visuals and wall murals.
Lydia’s work is distinguished by the unification of hand-drawn typography with an eclectic selection of symbols mostly inspired by classic disney figures, old cartoons and various other iconic characters. Themes of her work revolve around the indie culture, rad 90s graphics, junk food and the likes.
The quote from the lululemon manifesto, “This is not your practice life. This is all there is.” was the inspiration behind my piece. I visualized it by representing life in its beginning and its end. So the little boy depicts youth while the skull reflects death. The boy’s head is exposed at the neck with a bone showing, portraying life’s fragility and how we all are merely skin and bone, our bodies, new or aged, susceptible to illness or sudden death. The skull represents the indisputable fact that we will all die one day. The apple and arrow are a metaphor of how we all have one shot at life, that it’s only now or never, do or die. It represents risks, chances and opportunities we have in life and how the decisions we make could make or break us.
“Creativity is maximized when you are living in the moment”
by Dewi-Marie at 82 Boat Quay (on the wall of Fitness Factory)
Dewi-Marie Vincoy, born and raised in Singapore, with a background in the arts and photography, focuses on illustrative text and photographs, and the merger of the two. Working with phrases and quotes that reflect the human emotion, her romanticised style of cursive hand-lettering represents the soft side of her that provides a balance to her preference for the dark and gritty.
I chose this quote because it resonated with a recent conclusion I made about my life. This year has been challenging for me, starting with a new job in a non-creative industry, going back to school part-time, and then starting another new job in the 3rd quarter of the year. My new job in a production house has allowed me to utilize all my knowledge and expertise to fulfill a multi-role position although I was originally hired for a marketing post. I was fully immersed in the role and my mind was running 24-7. I found myself able to easily generate so many ideas and solutions easily when previously I could not. So I do feel strongly that creativity is maximized when you are living in the moment.
“Friends are more important than money”
by Adeline Tan on a bus that will travel around the island (route TBD)
Adeline Tan is an illustrator and designer based in Singapore. She likes strange plants and furry animals and takes inspiration from these things for her drawings. Her work has been used by brands such as Facebook, Adidas and is published in fashion magazines such as GQ (Italia).
In the Chinese language, there is an idiom that goes “as close as one’s limbs” which is used in conjunction with deep friendships. It highlights the importance of friends staying closely attached to one another. My mural interprets this idiom by having bodies stretched out in yoga poses, with limbs joining and intertwining, to form the words “Friends are more important than money”. This quote is part of lululemon’s manifesto. The yoga poses reflect a healthy activity that results in inner balance, which can also be an outcome of bonding with true friends.