By Lim Nang Seng
Material : Cement, porcelain plates, red teacups
Location : Merlion Park, Marina Bay Waterfront
Duration : Permanent
Collection : Singapore Tourism Board
Dimensions : 8m
The Merlion is a well-known icon of Singapore, conceived as a mythical creature with a lion's head and a fish’s body. The fish alludes to Singapore’s beginnings as a fishing village, while the lion refers to the sighting of a lion in Temasek by Sang Nila Utama, leading him to rename the island Singapura (“lion city” in Sanskrit). The Merlion thus depicts both Singapore’s origin story and its fantastical transformations. Over the years, Singaporeans have aectionately adopted it as our mascot andnational icon.