Saturday, 29 November 2014
The Straits Times
This was a feature on Associate Professor Irving Johnson from the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, who has taken upon himself to fill the walls of the Uttamayanmuni Temple in Chua Chu Kang with scenes from religious Buddhist texts. Assoc Prof Johnson, who started on the murals in 2012, estimated that it would take 30 years to transform the shrine’s 30 or so panels into a rich tapestry of paintings. It was mentioned that such a massive undertaking usually requires a team of 20 skilled Thai artists to complete over a decade.