SINGAPORE: The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will allow graffiti art to be painted on the sides of selected conserved shop houses on a case by case basis, even though it had introduced stricter colour guidelines for historic shop houses in January this year.
Some shop houses in Haji Lane were in the spotlight recently as they were deemed to have flouted these new rules by having murals painted on their facades.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for National Development and Defense Dr Maliki Osman said the URA decided to allow this as the area has become a niche for commercial outlets associated with the creative community.
He added that the murals were also painted in themes that are appropriate to the context and character of the area.
Dr Maliki said: "Developing conservation guidelines that find an appropriate balance between heritage conservation and artistic expression will always be challenging.
"The URA will continue to work closely with the community, professional bodies and interest groups to refine, enhance and clarify these guidelines over time."