WALTER is a series of guerilla installations of a colossal rabbit across Singapore’s landscape of flats and heartland enclaves. WALTER’s incongruity to his environment forces people to re-examine familiar spaces by invoking a sense of surprise and wonder. By inserting and documenting a surreal and naive object within the “invisible normal”, the project allows others to discover the extraordinary in their everyday by looking at their surroundings as children again. WALTER is a refute to the frequently held view that Singapore is prosaic and boring, and a recognition that its most common and overlooked landscape — the tapestry of flats, zhi char eateries, Hotel 81s, convenience stores and MRT line arteries, is unapologetically beautiful.
“No doubt as with most guerilla or subversive art work that achieves a certain level of notoriety, he has been adopted, adapted and usurped by popular culture, or the very culture that that the work was making a point about or against. Over the past 9 years, there has been so much a do about one rabbit that I need to take you back to the start. The truth is: Walter, as a project in and of itself, has little to do with a rabbit and has everything to do with the visual landscape of this city I call home.”
– Dawn Ng, ArtScience Museum Talk, 2019