Unconventional Malaysian Artist Creates Stunning “Merlion” Mural For Facebook Singapore

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Red Hong Yi, the popular Malaysian artist who “paints without a paintbrush,” has created another masterpiece, this time of a mural made entirely out of chopsticks.

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Known for amazing works of art using unconventional materials, Red was tapped by Facebook Singapore to create a mural made of bamboo chopsticks on their office’s 33-foot bare wall, reported Asia One.

She revealed the project via a Facebook post on May 18 which included a video of her working on the task by meticulously piecing together the bamboo chopsticks. She can be seen using a blowtorch to set the sticks on fire in order to add color and dimension to her work.

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“I wanted to explore bamboo chopsticks as a material and experiment with alternative methods to create murals, so instead of painting on the wall, I decided to set it ablaze,” Red wrote in her post.

“15,000 bamboo chopsticks were glued, torched, then layered again and burnt a few more times to create depth and dimension to the piece.”

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The video of her creation has so far received over 1.9 million views, more than 33,000 reactions, almost 20,000 shares and more than a thousand comments.

The finished mural depicts the Merlion, a mythological half-lion, half-fish icon in Singapore, which is “seen smiling as it is looking forward to the future with enthusiasm and hope,” she wrote in her post.

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A graduate of the University of Melbourne with a master’s in architecture, Red previously worked in Shanghai for an Australian architecture firm. She later quit her job in 2013 to become a full-time artist after she was encouraged by her boss to pursue her passion.

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Since then, she has created unconventional works of art that include a portrait of singer Adele made up of around 1,500 melted tealight candles and one of actor Jackie Chan made up of 64,000 chopsticks.

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