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A listing of Singapore public art, organized by location:

moves, removals, etc

This being Singapore, public art moves. The Dalhousie Memorial, Singapore's oldest, has moved three times. Raffles (dark) has moved three or four times as well (not least when it was removed during Japanese Occupation). Here we will attempt to keep track of some of the moves of Singapore's public art, and the reasons for them.


  • Seeds moved from Ft Canning to Esplanade | 2002
  • History Museum under renovation | 2003
  • Where is Athletes in Action? | 2006
  • around the Padang

    The Padang became established as the heart of the colonial city. It remains green and empty - half English village green, half Southeast Asian alun-alun.


  • the Dalhousie Memorial | 1850
  • Elephant | 1872
  • Raffles (dark) | 1887
  • The Cenotaph | 1922
  • Singapura Lion roundels | 1926
  • Supreme Court | 1939
  • Indian National Army Monument | 1945
  • Lim Bo Seng Memorial | 1954
  • Nine Dragon Mural | 1964
  • War Memorial (chopsticks) | 1967
  • Raffles (white) | 1972
  • Sarawak Carved Ceremonial Pole | 1991
  • Millennium | 2002
  • From Chettiars to Financiers | 2002
  • A Great Emporium | 2002
  • Ming guardian figures | 2004
  • Raffles Place

    The business centre of Singapore. More of these works are likely to be sponsored by corporations.


  • Bank of China Lions | 1954
  • The Merlion | 1972
  • Reclining Figure | 1983
  • Homage to Newton | 1985
  • Living World | 1987
  • Struggle for Survival | 1987
  • Pioneering Spirit | 1987
  • Progress and Advancement | 1988
  • Bird | 1990
  • Harmony | 1993
  • Rainbow | 1994
  • First Generation | 2000
  • The River Merchants | 2003
  • Fishing at Singapore River | 2005
  • around Ft Canning

  • Jubilee Portrait of Queen Victoria | 1887
  • Stone Lions, Tiger and Oxen | 1930
  • Typical Prosperous and Honest Merchant | 1939
  • Monument to the Early Founders of Singapore | 1970
  • Endless Flow | 1980
  • Harmony | 1982
  • Fredesvinda | 1982
  • Concentration | 1982
  • Balance | 1982
  • Unity | 1982
  • Taichi Boxing Pair | 1987
  • Together | 1988
  • Augury | 1988
  • Breakthrough | 1990
  • Negative Mass, Harmony of the Generations | 1995
  • Reaching II | 1997
  • The Explorer | 1999
  • A Visit to the Museum: Taking the Past Forward | 2000
  • Fire Safety for Singapore - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow | 2002
  • Pedas Pedas | 2006
  • Transformation | 2006
  • Seeds | 2006
  • Marina South

  • Musical Fountain | 1974
  • Spirit of Youth | 1990
  • Chinese Legendary Heroes | 1991
  • Soaring Visions | 1992
  • Marina Square

    This area of land was reclaimed from the Singapore Harbour in the 1960s, and developed in several stages in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The first stage was an integrated development planned by John Portman, the American architect and developer famous for creating his 'inside-out' hotels. Portman made extensive use of public art in his buildings, and commissioned works for this development too, mostly from the US. Reaction by local artists to the number of commissions given foreigners helped spur government to increase the number of commissions for local artists in the 1980s.


  • Fleur Marine | 1984
  • Between Sea and Sky | 1986
  • Deva | 1986
  • Continuum II | 1986
  • Metamorphosis I | 1986
  • Joyous Rivers | 1987
  • Singapore Brushstrokes | 1997
  • Seed Series | 1998
  • Abundance III | 1999
  • Chinese Zodiac Medallions | 1999
  • Watercycle 2000 | 2000
  • Another Day | 2004
  • Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar, etc

  • untitled | 1995
  • Tree of Learning | 1995
  • Samsui Women | 1999
  • Celestial Earth | 1999
  • Street Hawker | 1999
  • Shimmering Pearls | 2001
  • Vanda Miss Joaquim | 2002
  • not sure | 2002
  • Orchard Road, Newton and Tanglin

  • Hilton Mural | 1969
  • Peace and Prosperity | 1971
  • Mural | 1973
  • Qin Shu Bao | 1975
  • Wei Chi Jing De | 1975
  • Mother and Child | 1980
  • Girl on a Bicycle | 1984
  • Girl on a Swing | 1984
  • Lady on a Hammock | 1984
  • Girl on a Bicycle | 1984
  • not known | 1987
  • Temu-sek | 1987
  • Swing Me Mama | 1991
  • Love | 1992
  • Dancer | 1993
  • Spring | 1997
  • Untitled | 2002
  • West Coast

  • Tiger Balm Gardens | 1931
  • Merdeka Bridge Lions | 1956
  • Contentment | 1974
  • Wealth | 1974
  • Singapore at the Crossroads | 1986
  • Root 2 | 1997
  • Striving | 1999
  • The Colour of Wind | 2000
  • Untitled | 2001
  • My Way | 2002
  • The Brain Forest | 2003
  • out of town

  • Athletes in Action | 1979
  • Fertile Crescent | 1986
  • Jiang | 1990
  • Lim Nee Soon I | 1992
  • Lim Nee Soon II | 1992
  • Unity | 1994
  • untitled | 1994
  • John Baptist de la Salle | 1995
  • Sayang | 1995
  • Penguins, Swordfish, Dolphins & Sealions | 1995
  • Joy | 1996
  • Faces II | 1996
  • Spirit of Kallang | 1998
  • Texturefulness of Life | 1998
  • The Winged Steed | 2000
  • Affinity | 2004
  • The Climb | 2004
  • Mama's Precious One | 2004
  • Sun Yat Sen House mural | 2005
  • currently not known

    I don't know where these works are, or whether they are still in the position they were created for. "Currently not known" means "not known by me", so if you know, please drop me a note!


  • Sculpture Garden | 1982
  • 'not known' | 1985
  • The Signals Spirit | 1986
  • Taichi | 1987
  • Millennium Time Capsule: Singapore at the Turn of the | 1999