The Merlion @ One Fullerton
In conjunction with the 3rd Singapore Biennale, (visit www.singaporebiennale.org)
the iconic symbol of Singapore has been converted into a featured sculpture of a luxurious hotel room maintained by The Fulleron.
In case you’re wondering, the circular pipe in the Merlion’s mouth is actually the sprinkler which creates the classic postcard water spurting effect.
Refer to this article in Wikipedia if you haven’t seen how the Merlion usually looks like.
The wallpaper is filled with motifs of globally recognized symbols of Singapore.
Try spotting Sir Stanford Raffles, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Marina Bay Sands and of course, the Merlion.
The view from the much-desired bathroom!
Yes! That’s the bathtub in the foreground.
The exterior view of the temporarily functioning Merlion Hotel with Marina Bay Sands in the background.
More about the ingenious artist, Tatzu Nishi.
Kudos for such a wonderful creation.
The bottom half of the Merlion.
Try spotting its tail within the scaffolds!
The History of the Iconic Symbol of Singapore
Courtesy of Singapore Public Art:
The choice of the Merlion as a symbol for Singapore has its roots in history, The Merlion commemorates the ancient name and the legend taken from the ‘Malay Annals’ (literary and historical work from the 15th or 16th century) explaining how Singapore received its present name.
In ancient times, Singapore was known as Temasek which is Javanese for the sea. It was then, as it is today, a center of trade. At the end of the 4th century A.D, Temasek was destroyed by the Siamese, according to some historians, but by the Javanese according to others. As recorded in the legend in the Malay Annals, Prince Nila Utama of the Sri Vijaya empire rediscovered the island later in the 11th century A.D. On seeing a strange beast (which he later learnt was a lion) upon his landing he named the island Singapura which is a Sanskirt word for Lion (Singa) City (Pura). The Merlion, with its fish-like body riding the waves of the sea, is symbolic of the ancient city of Temasek. At the same time, its majestic head recalls the legend of the discovery of Singapore by Prince Nila Utama in the 11th century, when Singapore received its present name.