Singapore’s Merlion turns 40 on 15 September
2012 this year, and while other Singaporeans turning 40 look forward
to becoming eligible for ElderShield, the Merlion is eagerly
awaiting its first holiday in years.
From 22 June to end-August
2012, visitors to the Merlion Park will be greeted with
illustrations of the Merlion visiting various attractions and
landmarks around Singapore, including the Singapore Zoo, Jurong
Bird Park and the Henderson Waves. Plain hoardings will first be
installed on 15 June 2012.
The illustrations will adorn temporary
hoardings surrounding the Merlion statue as it undergoes
restoration works to repair fine crack lines, clean stubborn
stains as well as to replace the waveform on which the Merlion
sits. These reconditioning works are expected to be completed in time for the Merlion’s birthday celebration in September.
statue at the Merlion Park started out as a tourism icon 40 years
ago to help us embody Singapore in the minds of visitors as part
of our destination promotions,” said Mr Chew Tiong Heng, Executive
Director of the Destination Experience Group at the Singapore
Tourism Board. “Today, this unique icon is now widely held as a
must-see attraction by many of our overseas guests. More
significantly, the Merlion has also evolved over the decades to
become a deeply-rooted symbol of Singapore in the minds of many
Singaporeans, one that has been through thick and thin, bad and
good times with all of us here in Singapore.”
With the Merlion
Park consistently being one of the top five most-visited
free-access attractions in Singapore, the STB worked with Ms
Elaine Chan, a young local illustrator who is also an avid Merlion
fan, to develop the hoarding visuals so that visitors to the Park
could continue to enjoy a Merlion experience.
“The Merlion has
been a source of inspiration for me because it symbolises the
hopes and dreams of Singapore. When drawing the Merlion, I try to
bring it to life, and I hope my illustrations portrayed the
vibrancy of Singapore. I am very excited to be part of this
project and on a personal note, it is a great way of remembering
the Merlion’s 40th birthday!” said Ms Elaine Chan, illustrator of
the Merlion on Holiday visuals.
Before the Merlion’s September
birthday celebration, there are also other ways for the public to
remember and create new memories of this well-loved symbol of
can look forward to special 40th birthday photo opportunities with
the Merlion. With visuals adapted from the hoarding illustrations,
some life-sized cut-outs will be placed at selected attractions
and landmarks such as the Night Safari, Singapore Flyer and the Jurong Bird Park from July to end-August.
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