Singapore’s Merlion is all decked out and ready
for the 2009 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix (still the
world’s only F1 night race) and its surrounding festivities such
as the Singapore GP Season and F1 Rocks.
This year’s decoration at the Merlion Park
consists of a series of 20 chequered flags flanking the
Merlion. The black and white flags are typical of a Formula One
race, while the red and white flags represent Singapore and the
Singapore GP Season.
“With Singapore gearing up to host the
world’s only night race for the second year, we wanted to add
to the atmosphere in the Marina Bay area by creating a fun and
memorable photo opportunity of one of Singapore’s most popular
icons standing tall amidst a wave of chequered flags. Last
year’s Merlion dress-up proved very popular with both visitors and
local residents, and we strongly encourage everyone to visit
the Merlion Park today to capture a slice of the race action in
the city,” said Mr Chang Chee Pey, Director, Brand Management,
Singapore Tourism Board.
The race-themed decorations are now
available for viewing until 9 October 2009.
The Merlion was first built
as an eight-metre tall sculpture in 1972 and located at the
mouth of the Singapore River to "welcome all visitors to
Commissioned in 1971 by the Singapore Tourism Board
(then known as the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board), it was
built by Mr Lim Nang Seng, a local craftsman who had won several
prizes in the Singapore Handicraft and Design competition.
Merlion was formally installed on 15 September 1972 by the then
Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. On 15 September 2002, the
Merlion was moved to its current location at Merlion Park next to
One Fullerton, and now overlooks the scenic Marina Bay.
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