Paw-verbs on the Lawn: Lovable cat illustrations await you at the Malay Heritage Centre

Is it Caturday yet?

Malay Heritage Centre collaborated with Japanese artist Juno for Paw-verbs on the Lawn, an cat-themed installation that's both cute and educational!
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The Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) has collaborated with Japanese artist, Juno of @mofu_sand, to bring the kucing (cat) to life in its latest installation, Paw-verbs on the Lawn

Known for her vivid cat illustrations that depict her love for the animal, the Instagram-famous Juno has more than 300,000 followers on the platform (@mofu_sand). Paw-verbs on the Lawn will feature 30 of Juno’s cat illustrations as life-size standees on the lawn of MHC, propelling the cuteness level at MHC to new heights – even the most stoic of persons will find the adorable cat standees hard to resist.

A purr-fect learning opportunity

Featured alongside the insta-worthy cat standees, is a collection of 10 common Malay proverbs. These proverbs spotlight how the cat is used metaphorically to convey different aspects of human behaviour, as well as to impart age-old lessons handed down from generation to generation.

In these proverbs, the cat is portrayed as multifaceted – shy, elusive, intimidating, authoritative, restless, quick and even quarrelsome. 

Paw-verb on the Lawn at Malay Heritage Centre has adorable cat standeeds alongside malay proverbs that feature the beloved animal.
Source: Malay Heritage Centre

For the Malay community in particular, the cat is a well-loved animal that is often referenced in its proverbs – whether to signal the arrival of an authoritative person (‘Serta lalu kucing, tikus tidak berdecit/ When the cat is around, the mouse will not squeak’), or to describe someone who is pretending to be shy (‘Malu-malu Kucing/ Like a shy cat’).

Paw-verbs on the Lawn pays tribute to the cat, its place in Malay literary culture and in the hearts of Singaporeans.

The installation invites visitors to learn the meaning and significance behind these common Malay proverbs, as well as to snap Insta-worthy photos that these illustrations are already known for.

More adorable cat standees at Paw-verb on the Lawn at Malay Heritage Centre with illustrations by Juno of mofu_sand.
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Paw-verbs on the Lawn is open to the public at MHC’s Lawn from 10 March to 30 May 2021. Entry is free-of-charge!

There’s more Paw-some activities to do

Visitors can also prowl MHC’s grounds and galleries to ‘Find the Paw-Verb!’, which will be released weekly on MHC’s Instagram page (@malayheritage) from 16 March onwards, for a chance to win exclusive mofu_sand cat illustration button badges.

Stand a chance to win exclusive paw-verb on the lawn badges when you participate in the "Find the Paw-verb" activity at Malay Heritage Centre.

There’s a performative storytelling session titled The Lure of the Feline by theatre actor, director and playwright Gene Sha Rudyn, which will explore the relationship Nusantara Malays have had with felines across the ages. 

Go back to the legend of the founding of Singapura in the 14th century, all the way to the current “Islamic reawakening”, and perhaps better understand how the cat has become so endearingly embedded in the Malay language. 

For more info on ticketing and dates for The Lure of the Feline, please visit

Author: Desiree Goh

Desiree is a fan of anything that promises a good story with interesting characters and set in a world more interesting than this one. Alternatively, she can be found crusading Tumblr with an arsenal of GIFs.

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