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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Merlion Park Singapore

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The Merlion is a legendary animal with the leader of a lion and the body of a fish. Viewed as a Singapore symbol, the Merlion was composed in 1964 for the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB; now known as the Singapore Tourism Board) and worked as its corporate logo from 1966 to 1997. There are five approved Merlion statues in Singapore, the most surely understood being a 8-meter-tall statue composed by Kwan Sai Kheong and etched by Lim Nang Seng. Initially divulged on 15 September 1972, this statue is presently situated at the Merlion Park, contiguous One Fullerton at the Marina Bay waterfront. As an image speaking to Singapore, the Merlion highlights noticeably in vacationer keepsakes sold mainly.

The insignia was planned in 1964 for the STPB by Fraser Brunner, caretaker of the Van Kleef Aquarium. Later named the Merlion, it was formally enrolled as a trademark of the STPB on 20 July 1966, giving the board select rights to utilize the image.

Utilizing the fish as a part of its configuration insinuates the thought of Singapore as a port city and its reliance on sea exchange, particularly in the times of Temasek, as Singapore was truly known before the landing of the British colonizers. The lion is a reference to a story described in the Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals), which portrays how a ruler from Palembang, Sang Nila Utama, apparently experienced a lion when he initially ventured on the shores of Temasek, driving him to rename the island Singapura ("lion city" in Sanskrit).

Except for keepsakes adjusting to particular rules, individuals from the general population are not permitted to deliver relics including the Merlion or anything that looks like it without first looking for consent from the board. As per the Singapore Tourism Promotion Board Act (now the Singapore Tourism Board Act), inability to consent to these regulations could bring about a S$1,000 fine for each antiquity. Despite the fact that the STPB was renamed Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the board supplanted the Merlion as its corporate logo on 19 November 1997, the STB keeps on controlling the utilization of the Merlion image.

In Singapore, there are seven Merlion statues that have been manufactured with endorsement from the STB. The two most surely understood statues are situated at the Merlion Park alongside One Fullerton. Intended to venture seawater from its mouth, the bigger statue measures 70 t and stands at 8 m, strengthened by a 0.6-meter solid pillar underneath it. The littler statue is 2 m tall, measures 3 t and is ordinarily alluded to as the "Merlion fledgling". It is decorated with Chinese porcelain plates and dishes as a major aspect of its configuration.

The two statues were initially built from November 1971 to August 1972 by neighborhood artist Lim Nang Seng, in light of a diagram by craftsman Kwan Sai Kheong, then bad habit chancellor of the University of Singapore. After finishing, the two statues were disclosed on 15 September 1972 by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as a feature of the waterfront Merlion Park situated at the mouth of the Singapore River.

With the fruition of Esplanade Bridge in 1997, the Merlion statues could never again be seen plainly from the waterfront. In 2002, the STB chose to move the statues to another dock uncommonly based on the opposite side of Esplanade Bridge, sitting above Marina Bay. This movement, and the ensuing expansion of the Merlion Park by up to four times its past territory, cost a sum of S$7.5 million. The works were finished on 23 April 2002, with a service hung on 15 September 2002 both to recognize the event and to commend the Merlion's 30th birthday. Lee Kuan Yew, who was then senior priest, was at the end of the day welcomed to effortlessness the event.

The Merlion statue confronts east, which is accepted to be a heading that brings thriving as directed by the rules of feng shui (Chinese geomancy). This promising introduction was saved even after its migration in 2002.

Throughout the years, the statue's pump framework has separated intermittently because of erosion by presentation to seawater, and has been supplanted a few times. On 28 February 2009, the bigger statue was struck by lightning amid a storm, creating a break in the Merlion's mane, and a gap at the base of the statue because of falling trash. The statue was repaired and restored for open review by 18 March 2009.

Finished in 1995, the Merlion tower on Sentosa is based on a slope 23 m above ocean level and stands at a stature of 37 m. It is a 11-story building, barring the highest perception deck, which permits guests to appreciate instructing perspectives of the Singapore horizon. Appointed in 1993 by the Sentosa Development Corporation, the building expense S$13 million and was composed by Australian stone carver James Martin, who drew upon his ability in human picture to underscore the one of a kind outward appearances of the model. Made of bond, the tower is likewise remotely fortified with a slight shell of cement fitted with 16,000 lights that, when exchanged on after dim, follow the diagram of the statue. The eyes of the Merlion are likewise introduced with hardware that empower them to extend kaleidoscopic laser bars.

Another Merlion statue is situated outside the STB's office at Tourism Court. Made in the Philippines from coated polymarble (a kind of plastic tar), it is 3 m tall. A comparable statue can be found on Faber Point at Mount Faber. It is possessed by the National Parks Board and was introduced in 1998, after the redevelopment of the recreation center.

At last, two comparable pink-rock Merlion statues, each 2.5 m tall, were introduced in 1998 on either side of an open carpark passageway along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.

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