The ‘void deck’ is a communal space on the ground floor of HDB flats in Singapore. It is a familiar area for me, as I have been living in such residential flats for most of my life. Adorned on the pillars in the void deck are these painted designs I’d like to identify as “paintings”.

Although they were designed to enhance visual interest and variety to the otherwise bare void decks, they are barely noticed by residents who pass by them every day. The aesthetic quality and effort committed into each of these paintings never occurred to me until I chanced upon a worker repainting one of them. They are unique paintings that deserve their long overdue appreciation.

Shannon Sim


72 pages
27 x 19 x 1 cm

Edition of 2