Raffles Place is the financial center of Singapore and is named after the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles. Although Raffles Place is a huge concrete jungle, there are many famous artwork spread throughout the area. Let’s see some of them in black and white!
To get to Raffles Place, the most convenient and direct method is to take the MRT. Raffles Place MRT station sits directly below Raffles Place green.
Besides the many towering skyscrapers, there exists many art pieces and sculptures scattered around Raffles Place that are interesting. Let’s look at some of them!
Progress & Advancement
This bronze sculpture by Yang Ying-Feng is located near One Raffles Place (former OUB Center). It depicts the scenes of Raffles Place and the early days of Singapore.
This artwork is located on the riverfront by UOB Plaza. The bird is traditionally associated with peace and serenity. This three-dimensional Bird by Botero also signifies the joy of living and the power of optimism.
Homage to Newton
This statue by Salvador Dali pays homage to Newton by opening up the torso of the figure and suspending the heart to indicate ‘open-heartedness’. The open head represents an ‘open-mind’. These are two necessary qualities for the discovery of important natural laws as well as for success of all human endeavors.
This artwork by Chong Fah Cheong is located next to the Fullerton Hotel. It seeks to depict the behavior of first generation immigrants that won’t be possible today.
Bank of China Lions
Stone Lions were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. This pair of stone lions were created by Cavalieri Rodolfo Nolli. The sculpture is aptly located as the building is occupied by Bank of China.
This bronze sculpture was commissioned to express the OCBC’s gratitude to the people of Singapore for their trust and support throughout its history. It is one of the largest works ever made by sculptor Henry Moore.
Besides sculptures, there are also places of worship in Raffles Place. There is a mosque at UOB Plaza.
And a temple at Philip Street.
So, you can see that Raffles Place is not all about cold hard cash, there are artistic elements spread throughout the area as well!
Source: Wikipedia, Public Art