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Mookata Hot Pot Barbeque Village

Recently I completed a 1.5 X 9.3 meter long wall mural for a Thai Mookata restaurant at Bottle Tree Village, a recreation place with an idyllic kampong-like setting in Yishun, northern Singapore. Mookata is a Thai specialty originated from Chiang Mai featuring a special pot that combines barbeque and steamboat together.

With a background in architecture I love taking my knowledge of buildings and reinterpreting it in a fanciful and imaginary way that will make people smile.

The mural depicts an otherworldly Mookata village in Chiang Mai, one set on (and sometimes in) the special Mookata pots. The villagers gather and prepare for a feast on a joyous day, stirring soup and grilling meat, sending delightful scents up towards the heavens, together with offerings of water lights and sky lanterns. With a background in architecture I love taking my knowledge of buildings and reinterpreting it in a fanciful and imaginary way that will make people smile.

The scale of the wall was a challenge as it was the first time I’ve drawn on such a large surface, but I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to do it again. The mural was done completely free hand over five days. I loved working in the kampong (traditional Malay village) setting, sitting by the pond enjoying lunch, feeling the breeze on my face and thinking of the next scene to depict, and working alongside all the lovely contractors who were very kind to look out for me as I worked as well as the wall mural.

The mural was done completely free hand over five days.

I’m looking forward to the restaurant opening soon and sharing my imagination with all those that partake in their delicious cuisine!