After online flak, artist says 'Jingapore' in title of MRT station mural is intentional

Reena Devi
Lifestyle Reporter
Artist Jing Quek has received some flak online over the title of his artwork for the Tampines West MRT station. (Photo: Facebook/Ang Bob)

Singapore artist Jing Quek’s latest work for the Downtown Line Station, Tampines West, has been trending online recently due to the title of the work “Welcome to Jingapore’’.

Netizens have been sharing the image of the title of the work on a signboard by the Land Transport Authority questioning the spelling of the name.

Quek responded on Facebook yesterday evening (8 November) saying that the naming was intentional. He has also been using the name, a combination of his own name and “Singapore”, as far back as 2011.

His post has received over 90 responses and 25 shares at the time of publication.

The award winning artist, who has a series of works which have been exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum, wrote on Facebook that “in the great tradition of Chinese and English linguistics, it’s called a Pun.” He also told netizens not to get “too outraged”.

“Welcome to Jingapore” artwork at Tampines West MRT station by artist Jing Quek. (Photo: Facebook/Jing Quek)

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