"Motherboard" Singapore's Largest Indoor Shopping Mall Mural @GR.ID

Updated: Aug 26

750 hours, 7 painters, 7 storeys high.

Project completed on 16th July 2021.

Motherboard, 2021

Leading Artist: Benedict Yu

Mural Team: BODHI, Isabel Lim, Jessica Goh, Joanna Lim, Sarah Noorhimli, Thng Ai Wei

Mural Description:

A heart is seen as the core of our lives, just like this motherboard that you see here. It is the source of vibrant and powerful energy for GR.ID.

“Motherboard” represents the innovative and creative dynamics that coexist together here. It carries an endless amount of data, holds and allows communication between many components. This reflects GR.ID as a place where anyone and everyone who wants a haven to connect and freely create meaningful conversations.

The intersection of the various floors around “Motherboard” can be seen as a collective of voices colliding into a spectrum of gradients where different perspectives and languages are exchanged.

As people gather, the collective energy from each individual will be circulating the heart of the mall, nurturing an ever-growing, intricate, and creative hub for Singapore’s communities.


The mural project is separated into two sections. The first part focuses on the artistic idea & proposal. The second part centres around the mural execution that includes the stages of drafting, coloring, and final touch-ups of the mural.


  1. Idea Proposal: We conceptualised 2 to 3 sketches with different interchangeable elements. After going through discussions with the commissioner, we came to an agreement of a maximum of two rounds of changes to the mural design.

  2. Quotation Proposal: Items required include materials, manpower, relevant certificates for executing the works, the design fees per square meter, insurance, amongst others.

  3. Digital Mock-up: Blow up sketches and drawings onto the actual site for our commissioner to view. This is rendered with Adobe Photoshop in order to realise a real-life image of the mural.


  1. Engage with different parties to plan out the whole execution. For this mural project we engaged with the gondola operator, and went through Work-at-Height courses to attain the certificate to execute the project, and invited six other painters on board to take shifts to paint.

  2. Drafting: After the digital mock-up is approved, we proceeded to formulate different sketching approaches to the mural site. We used methods that consisted of 1m x 1m printed drafting paper, projection, plywood boards tracing, amongst others.

  3. Colour Blocking: Filling in the first layer of colors onto the wall.

  4. Technique Application: Gradient/masking tape tracing/stencils/border tracing to implement the additional details if needed.

  5. Final touch-up: A final check on the mural and delivering the completed mural over to the commissioner.

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