Singapore Public Sculpture - A Walking Guide
Singapore Public Sculpture walking guide is a collection of visual art that is displayed around Marina Bay public areas. No admission fee is required.
While you stroll around Marina Bay, it is not hard to find many tall buildings and scenic views over the city. If you pay more attention, you will find that there are several stunning sculptures created by local and international artists.
This is a flexible walking tour that you can customize to fit your preferences. Select the public sculpture that you are interested in and follow this public art trail.
So what are you waiting for! Start wearing your shoes and start your Singapore Public Sculpture walking guide now!
How It works:
- Select any public sculptures that interest you to show in the map.
- Click on the public sculpture marker in the map to view more details on the sculpture.
- Click on the thumbnail to see larger photo of the public sculpture
- To complete the full Singapore Public Sculpture walking trail, it is about 8.7km long and estimated to take about 2.5 hours. So remember to plan your time properly.
- Be sure to dress in light comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Also, if you can, please bring along a hat, poncho/umbrella and sunscreen. At times, especially between May to June, Singapore is quite hot and humid, and it may be uncomfortable to walk under the sun in the open space
- Bring some drinking water along with you. It may be heavy, but trust me, it will come handy when you feel thirsty.
How to get to the Start Point:
- By MRT - Bayfront MRT station (CE1, Exit B, C, D, E) along the Circle Line Extension.
- By Public Bus - 97/97E, 106, 133, 502/502A, 518/518A, NR1 (Available on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays), and NR6 (Available on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays).
- By River Taxi - Singapore River Cruise, Singapore River Explorer
Marina Bay SandsDescription
This 22 metre-wide large inverted acrylic bowl that channels 6,000 gallons per minute of rain and swirls water in a whirlpool motion into a great spiralling vortex. The water falls two storeys through a hole at the centre, creating a dynamic water skylight feature for the retail mall below.
This display was inspired by the ubiquity of vortices in nature, whether at the cosmic level of spiral galaxies, or at the subatomic realm, the work also allows the visitors to contemplate the vital significance of water.
Currently, it has become a large Wishing-Well for many. Many people are seen throwing coins into it. Apparently the target is to get the coins into the hole at the centre.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Marina Bay SandsDescription
Designed by Ned Kahn. It can be seen at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore. Ned Kahn is an environmental artist and sculptor, famous in particular for museum exhibits he has built for the Exploratorium in San Francisco. His works usually involves capturing an invisible aspect of nature and making it visible.
The sculpture consists of 260,000 aliminium metal 'flappers' convering the entire western facade, which reflect light and create a shimmering piece of art when the wind blows. Officially opened in 2010, this brand new bridge has an unique modern architecture and has some observation spots, offering good opportunities for taking photos of Marina Bay.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Singapore first art park features artworks by local youths based on the themes of 'Aspirations for life in Singapore' and also of the Olympic Games.
There is an art park's landscaped maze, a 4.5 metres high sculpture which takes the form of a mountain with a wind-activated figurine of a girl holding a flag with the words 'I want to scale the highest mountain in the world'. There is also a rock wall featuring 18 drawings of Singapore icons and a 'hop scotch' lighted flooring.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Created by renowned Swiss artist, the title of this sculpture means 'marine flower', as it faces the sea and is situated on land reclaimed from the sea.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
The centre of the bronze sculpture symbolises a black hole, while the edge shows the flow of matter through the centre from positive to negative space and back again in a continuum. A small piece of work and interesting one.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
The Ritz Calton, Millenia SingaporeDescription
Standing at the main entrance of the hotel, the life size faceless figures wearing Mao suits have a pop-art feel. They were individually hand painted and have been created to look old and worn, like China's famous terra-cotta warriors from the Qin and Han periods. They were mounted at a tilted standing position suggesting a bow, implying that obedience is superior to confrontation in Chinese society. Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
This graceful kinetic sculpture turns like a windmill, honoring principles found in nature. It can also described as a 'living' tree that moves with the wind, gleaming and changing with each passing minute, but all in slow motion, so that the effect is exceedingly peaceful and bestows a lovely air of tranqility on the surrouding area.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Ray Lichtenstein Sculpture Plaza, Millenia WalkDescription
The Sculpture Plaza, designed by Lichtenstein, comprises an open pavilion with grass beds and holds his ""Six Brushstrokes"", 1996 series. The collection of six tall, colourful sculptures are whimsical calligraphic renditions of nature, representing a dramatic example of large-scale outdoor art.
The Roy Lichtenstein Sculpture Plaza - Six Brushstrokes
depicting giant happy brush strokes. The colorfully comical collection of sculptures were fabricated in Bristol Rhode Island and installed here at Millenia Walk (9, Raffles Boulevard) in June/July 1997. With their stark bold colours, black outlines and playful yet confident strokes, these colossal-size sculptures are distinctively Lichtenstein masterpieces. They are also a highly visible example of outdoor civic art in the grand tradition of Picasso, one of Lichtenstein's key sources of inspiration.
Brought into Singapore only months before Lichtenstein's death, they are a befitting epilogue to his life's achievements and his final wish to showcase his art in Singapore. Admire these final works by Roy Lichtenstein, cause celebre of the pop art world. Six Brushstrokes is a skilful blend of Chinese calligraphic tradition with western bebop' themes of post-industrial nature. Specially commissioned for Millenia Singapore, the six aluminum sculptures of varying heights from four metres to twelve metres depict abstract vignettes of nature, land and seascapes, fulfilling Lichtenstein's final wish to showcase his art in Singapore.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Monument Square, Millenia WalkDescription
The eighteen metres sculpture is made up of 100 identically sized pieces of white marble, with each square block rotating and stacking onto the previous one.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
This is the world's largest fountain according to the Guiness Book of Records (1998). It represents the palm of the 'hand'that is Suntec City, guaranteeing the retention of wealth.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Sun Yu LiLocation
Junction of Temasek Boulevard and Raffles BoulevardDescription
According to the sculpture, a circle is the perfect shape because it has no beginning and no end. A predominantly piece of work with bronze, this sculpture is an extension of the sculptor fascination with space and form.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
The abstract artwork by the Belgian sculpture is said to represent metamorphosis, progress and triump.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
This art work consists of 120 rectangular plaques, each depicting a different scene or auspicious symbol that was prevalent in ancient Chinese cities.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Jonanthan E MinnsLocation
One Raffles LinkDescription
This mechanical sculpture was based no feng shui principles. The flow of water signifies that abundant walth will flow into the area.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
The Esplanade hosts a concert hall and a theater for art performance. Because of its unique shape, the Esplanade has earned the nickname of the 'Durian' due to its resemblance to the exotic fruit. There is a mall attached to the building with food & drink outlets. There are also restaurants and bars outside, next to the Esplanade.Walking Guide (to next POI) Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Guarding the mouth of the Singapore river stands the symbol of the city-state: the Merlion, a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The Merlion park is a good spot for photos: visitors will have a good view of the high CBD buildings behind the Merlion and a panoramic view of the marina with the 3 high towers of Marina Bay Sands in the background.Walking Guide (to next POI) Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Robert Ng Keng SengLocation
Esplanade Park, the PadangDescription
He was recognised as a local war hero in Singapore during World War II. He joined the underground resistance section of 136 Force under the Supreme Allied Command, South-East Asia and fight against the Japanese. He was discovered and arrested by the Japanese Military Police in 1944 and subsequent die at the age of 35. In 1954, the Lim Bo Seng memorial, a 3.5 m high pagoda, was officially unveiled at the Esplanade to commemorate the sacrifices he made for the country.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
John Turnbull ThomsonLocation
Dalhousie Obelisk is a memorial obelisk in the Civic District of Singapore, located on the north bank of the Singapore River in the Downtown Core, within the Central Area in Singapore's central business district. The tall 'needle-like' monument commemorates the visit of Lord James Andrew, the Marquise of Dalhousie, Governor-General of India (1848-1856). It shape closely follows the famous Cleopatra's Needle.Walking Guide (to next POI)Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Charles O. PerryLocation
Raffles Place, in front of Shell TowerDescription
This 18 feet sculpture was made in 1994 and is made from bronze.Walking Guide (to next POI) Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Aw Tee HongLocation
Raffles Place Description
This sculpture is situated on top of Raffles Mrt station, in between two exits.Walking Guide (to next POI) Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Yu Yu YangLocation
Collyer Quay, In front of Republic PlazaDescription
The fenghuang, or phoenix, embodies the quintessence of fortune, elegance and beauty. These qualities are brought to hear, along with modern technology, to construct this statue of a young dragon and phoenix representing the Chinese character for human (ren). In traditional thought, the image of man joined to, or with the earth represents harmony and boundless energy; the round ball in the staute also stands for this idea. The space within the statue represents the universe and oneness (yi) and the pedestal beneath it resembles the Chinese character for mouth (ko) and so together the enture sculpture represents the Chinese word for 'join' or 'cooperation' (he). In this statue, we see man and heaven joined.Walking Guide (to next POI) Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
18m-high 'Momentum' -- a giant red Christmas- tree-like sculpture opposite One Raffles Place -- has become part of the city's landscape. The sculpture's layers upon layers of figures in an upwards spiral motion represent Singapore's high energy and continuous cycle of progress and pays tribute to past and present generations of Singaporeans. The sculpture signals the vision, continual commitment by everyone to help steer Singapore into a vibrant global city.Walking Guide (to next POI) Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
Han Sai PorLocation
One Marina BoulevandDescription
This artwork consists of six granite blocks shaped into waves and curves to encouage viewers to interact with and even rest on the blocks.Walking Guide (to next POI) Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
The tree like sculpture captures wind and translates the energy into tiny lights. The black patina finish reflects the critical condition that the global enviornment is currently facing. The olive leaf shaped cups of the 3 trees represent the nations of the world and also symbolic of the Olympic logo.Walking Guide (to next POI) Walking Distance (to next POI)Time Required (to next POI)
This artwork illustrates the unifying spirit of sports through a stylised and dynamic depiction of sportsmen engaging in the 26 sports of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Through sport, unity and connection between individuals can be achieved and more importantly, peace and harmony between nations.
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Youth Olympic Park
Youth Olympic Park is the first art park in Singapore. The park is located at the entrance of double helix bridge and is one of the new landmark in Marina Bay.
Singapore Helix, The worlds first double helix structural bridge is officially open to the public on 24 April 2010. The architectural marvel took two years to complete and it is built with special stainless steel tubes that are assembled in spiral fashion with great precision.
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall also known as Wan Qing Yuan, and formerly as Sun Yat Sen Villa, is a double-storey colonial villa at Balestier in Singapore.
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Chinatown Heritage Centre houses a wealth of memories and untold stories of the lifes and times of early Chinatown.
Changi Museum is a museum dedicated to Singapore's history during the Second World War.
Singapore City Gallery
The Singapore City Gallery is a place where you can catch a bird's eye view of Singapore's central area through a fascinating 100-square metre architectural model.
Merlion Park is a popular Singapore tourist attraction. Two structures of the Merlion are located here and it is a major tourist attraction and a Singapore landmark
Asian Civilisations Museum
The Asian Civilisations Museum's growing collection traces the cultural roots of Singaporeans through its focus on Southeast Asia, South Asia, China and the Islamic world of West Asia.
Asian Civilisations Museum
The Singapore Philatelic Museum is a museum about the postal history of Singapore and its stamps and to promote interest in Singapore's history and heritage in philately.
The Peranakan Museum is a museum in Singapore specialising in Peranakan culture. First of its kind in the world that explore Peranakan cultures in Singapore and other Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia.
National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore is Singapore's oldest museum. It prides itself on introducing cutting edge and varied ways of presenting Singapore history to redefine the conventional museum experience.
Red Dot Design Museum
The second red dot design museum was established in Singapore in November 2005. The museum is the anchor tenant and key attraction at the red dot traffic, a creative hub located at Maxwell Road, the former Singapore traffic Police Headquarters.
Marina Barrage is a realization of a vision twenty years ago. It is built across the mouth Marina Channel, creating Singapore's 15 reservoir and boosting Singapore's water supply. It has become a hot spot for recreational activities.