Sticker Lady painting 'graffiti' in Sentosa

SINGAPORE - "Sticker Lady" Samantha Lo's unique brand of graffiti will be displayed in Sentosa next month to celebrate National Day.

The artist is blanketing part of Siloso Beach with signs and billboards that feature common Singlish phrases such as "No sunglasses at night, don't act cool". She is also designing a "Lepak Corner" - local lingo for "relaxing with friends" - at the Beach Plaza. And everything is legal.

The 26-year-old sparked a debate on street art last year when she was arrested for stencilling "My Grandfather Road" on public roads, and pasting tongue-in-cheek stickers on traffic-light buttons. Her eventual sentence included 240 hours of community service.

A Sentosa Leisure Group spokesman said it was partnering Ms Lo because her designs "resonate well with both locals and tourists".

Said senior manager of entertainment and programming Regina Chia: "Her work is fun, witty, tongue-in-cheek yet relevant... and displays a visceral appreciation of the Singaporean way of life."

When asked, Ms Lo said she was approached by the group several months ago and took the job as she thought it would be fun. "It was a good opportunity for me to express my creativity freely. What I really like about working on this project is that Sentosa believes and trusts in an artist's vision."

zengkun@sph.com.sg

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