Tile Tales From Singapore

A few weeks ago, I accompanied my husband on his work trip to Singapore and except for the first two days together, I was pretty much on my own and got to leisurely explore the city/country. After the usual visitor spots, malls and parks, I ended up going to Singapore’s own little resort island, Sentosa.

I had not been to Singapore in ages. By ages, I mean 12 years. My mom was with me on my last visit and we had heard a lot back then from the locals and the guides about the island’s massive ‘development’ that was underway. This time I got to witness all that development and what a change it was. 

Aerial View Of The Merlion Mosaic Walk

I loved using the Singapore Metro and went everywhere on it including to Sentosa. I took the Express Monorail and first got off at the last station at Sentosa so I could relax at the beach. Then I took the monorail back to Imbaiah station and walked up the water feature steps to the Merlion.

Just behind the Merlion, I was so delighted to stumble upon a strange, unique, colourful,  mosaic garden much like the architectural wonders of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona – the Merlion Walk.

Just like Gaudi’s Park Güell and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, The 120 metre long Merlion Walk is perhaps the most iconic of public spaces in Singapore. It is also believed to be one of the world’s most beautiful sites for contemporary mosaic art, colorful tiles, and recycled ceramics! Enough said. Let’s take a loop through this spectacular handmade ceramic display and contemplate its mosaic marvels!

Sea creatures emerge from the fountain, spouting jets of water at intervals. Sea shells, starfish, tentacles and waves flow out from the fountain onto the path. The fountain is set between rows of mature trees that provide welcome shade and many mosaic benches. Perfect for a short rest! Look out for the very cute frog teapot lid!

Mosaic Art Studio Back Home

Back in Bangalore, I wanted to learn how to create my own mosaic art and discovered a tiny studio tucked away in the bylanes of Koramangala called Tesserae. Most mosaics are made of small, flat, roughly square, pieces of stone or glass of different colors, known as tesserae. I met Pavitra, a helpful young lady at the studio who told me that the next batch of workshops are scheduled sometime in June/July. I pottered around all afternoon admiring all the painstakingly, handcrafted pieces of mosaic art and picked up quite a few pieces for our rooftop patio. So beautiful!!