Another sticker artist sought by authorities

Posted on 11 June 2012

If identified, he or she will be awarded the Cultural Medallion for promoting street art last year.

With the recent arrest of Sticker Lady, whose crime was to paste stickers with local sayings at pedestrian crossings that could potentially have caused social upheaval, the authorities are hot on the heels of another yet-to-be-identified sticker artist.

However, this time, the elusive sticker artist sought after will not be arrested.

Rather, it is to confer the Cultural Medallion on him or her.

The Cultural Medallion is the highest cultural honour in Singapore. One of the past recipients include filmmaker Jack Neo.

Appearance of mysterious stickers overnight last year

During the General Election 2011, mysterious stickers started appearing on the streets in Orchard Road bearing the slogans “In George We Trust” and “Who Likes George?”

In George We Trust stickers seen last year during GE2011 at Orchard Road.

The true meaning of these stickers were never made known and the authorities never caught or tracked down the anonymous sticker artist.

It was thought that the stickers’ appearance during the election campaign period in May last year, shortly after which, the PAP’s George Yeo lost Aljunied GRC to the Workers’ Party, was a pure coincidence.

With no political links or clear threat to Singapore’s social fabric established, no arrests were made.

But subsequent valuations of the stickers by government-appointed appraisers discovered that the “In George We Trust” stickers were potentially worth $5 million each.

Taking the lead now to propose this radical move to confer the Cultural Medallion on the unknown artist who created street art with high commercial value is A*SHITASS (Agency for Science History Information Technology Arts Social Sciences), a statutory board tasked with broadening the horizon of Singapore on all possible fronts.

An A*SHITASS spokesperson, Zheng Fu Gou, denied the existence of double standards in allowing these stickers to flourish without incident last year while allocating massive resources to track and arrest Sticker Lady.

He said: “These “In George We Trust” stickers are high in artistic value compared to Sticker Lady’s art, which are lousy and inconsequential and threaten the social cohesiveness of Singapore.”

Zheng added: “There is nothing wrong with neutral expression. We support art and we cannot condone vandalism. It’s that simple. And it is very clear that Sticker Lady’s work borders on full-blown vandalism but not the ‘In George We Trust’ stickers.”

Asked about his opinion regarding this incident, PAP activist Poh Lan Pah said as he ran into oncoming traffic at Rochor Road to avoid reporters: “I seldom stick stickers… erm, I mean, I never stick stickers in my life before!”

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