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Merlion settles into new home at One Fullerton
statue settled into its new home at one corner of One
Fullerton in Collyer Quay on Sunday 28 Apr 2002. It took
four days for the contractors using a tall crane to carry
out the move - first lifting the statue onto the bridge in
front of its old site at the old waterhouse building, then
transferring it onto a barge, before finally installing it
at the waterfront next to the new bridge.
Merlion is not ready to meet members of the public yet.
Though it's sitting at its new home, its new home has yet to
be built. The entire site is a veritable construction site.
It will be September when the Merlion's new home is ready
and that will be the time for the Merlion to receive
then, all of us will just have to be content with looking at
the back of the Merlion from the bridge. If we are tall
enough, we can also take a glimpse of the top half of the
Merlion from One Fullerton.
feel that we shouldn't be kicking up such a fuss over this
local invention. But, indeed, the Merlion, like many other
symbols of the late 60s and early 70s, has become an icon of
Singapore's early independence days. It is therefore truly
Singaporean. It has witnessed our good times as well as bad
times. It has survived our idiocyncrasies - the National
Theatre is no more around - and become more entrenched in
That a half-lion,
half-fish figure has come to represent Singapore in the eyes
of millions of tourists who come onto our shores each year
speaks volumes for the popularity which it enjoys. This
makes a good case for the tagging of the Merlion as one of
our local icons. It may not have a long past - it was built
in 1973, so didn't
we! - we became independent in 1965.
generations of Singaporeans will look back to today and give
us a pat on the back for saving the Merlion for them after
all, our present is their history. I am sure they will
appreciate the things that we have here today more than we
appreciate these things now. Isn't that rather sad?
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