Alright the next posts are me totally geeking out! I'm so glad Ben said yes to us pretty much spending a whole day in Singapore visiting playgrounds! Okay a quick run down, in the 70s this rad dude called Khor Ean Ghee designed a whole bunch of playgrounds, one of their standout features were their use of mosaic tiles, which although had practical implications - easy to clean and they didn't need repainting, they also made these playgrounds iconic to Singapore :) As a fan of playgrounds, vintage things and colourful tiles, it kind of made sense I'd be in love!
Now for the sad news, they're disappearing. In 1993 new designs were stopped being made and instead playgrounds started to be imported from overseas suppliers who meet the strict safety codes that came out. I have a feeling the same thing happened in Australia too!
Luckily I managed to catch at least nine that are still remaining, I actually had a few more on my list but they got pulled down only weeks before our trip - gutted! Singapore stop pulling down cool old things!
The first playground we explored, the Watermelon playground is located at Tampines Central Park and is easily accessible by train and a short-ish stroll :) I loved this one!
(fun playing around with my holga and double exposures!)
I also loved how the playgrounds reminded me of the residential apartment blocks which you can see all over Singapore - they're often brightly coloured and (at least to me) resembled mosaic tiles from a distance :)
Also a big shout out to Antoinette from the Little Drom Store who I got to meet *big geek out moment* when I visited the store to buy one of their amazing mosaic playground pins . She is actually interviewed in the above Mosaic Memories photo essay and was also involved in a photo exhibition showcasing photos she took of the playgrounds. She really inspired me to get out my film cameras and find some interesting perspectives :) Plus she is super adorable and I kind of wish I lived in Singapore so we could be friends :)